Cooperatives Announce Art Contest!

Entries for the 2022 Youth Art Contest will be on display at the Gaff-n-Go Lineworker's Rodeo from May 13-14.

Delaware Electric Cooperative and its sister cooperatives in Virginia and Maryland are now accepting entries for the 20th annual Youth Art Contest, which is designed to showcase the best work of the youngest members of electric cooperatives in the Mid-Atlantic. 

The theme for this year’s contest is “Why are lineworkers called heroes?” Entries should reflect young artists’ conception of that theme. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through fifth grade. This year’s contest includes a special twist: all entries will be on display at the annual Gaff-n-Go Lineworker’s Rodeo, which will be held May 13-14 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. DEC linemen participate in the event every year and our members are invited to watch our employees compete! 

The children’s artwork will be viewed and judged by hundreds of fans of all ages who are coming to one of the most exciting and free family-friendly events around. First-place winners in each grade will receive a $25 gift card. The entry judged best in show from all categories will receive a $100 gift card. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 6. 

Artwork should be configured vertically (portrait style) on an 8 ½-x-11-inch sheet of white paper. Art can be color or black and white in any medium, including crayon, pen, acrylics, charcoal and pencil. No tracing or party pictures are permitted. All entries should be submitted using the online form with full instructions at