Build a Fairy House for the Corn Hill Arts Festival!

It’s easy, fun and FREE for families, individuals, and teams to participate.

for the 8th Annual Fairy Houses Tour at The 2020 Corn Hill Arts Festival

Our dates are Saturday, July 11th & Sunday, July 12th 2019.


Entry deadline: June 29, 2020
Enter now to secure your spot at the Fairy Houses Tour!

We will notify you of acceptance and include delivery and pick-up instructions.

We will be holding a place for your fairy house at the event so it is important that you deliver your fairy house on Friday, July 10th between 8 am – 7 pm.

You may bring a right-sized tarp to cover your house in the event of rain (please label).
Every effort is made to protect the houses, including security, but rain and wind may cause damage. We are not responsible for any damage or loss.

If you have any problems or questions regarding this form please email us at [email protected]

Guidelines for Houses:

Please note: The Fairy Houses Tour views the houses as a way for children, families, groups and individuals to share time together, planning, gathering and building all natural houses.

  • Use natural materials– dry grasses, leaves, sticks, pebbles, shells, bark from a fallen tree, milkweed pods, acorns, berries, gourds, miniature pumpkins, pinecones – are a few examples.
  • All fairy houses must appear to be made entirely of natural components.  Hot glue, acrylic spray, natural twine and other man-made items can be used but must be completely concealed by natural elements.
  • Platforms or man-made support materials should be used for easier delivery and transport, but must be concealed with natural materials when installed on-site.
  • Houses should be tabletop size and portable.Maximum dimensions 3ft wide x 2ft high- strictly enforced. We will accept larger houses but they will not be eligible for prizes as they cannot be easily transported. Please use a sturdy base that can hold up if wet (such as plywood or heavy duty plastic boot trays).
  • Please do not use any items of value in the House as the Corn Hill Neighbor’s Association, The Corn Hill Arts Festival and the Fairy Houses Tour do not take any responsibility for any loss or damage.
  • The theme of the house may be anything you wish.
  • Award Categories: Awards will be given in each category and one “People’s Choice Award” to be decided by visitor voting
    • Best Use of Natural Materials
    • Most Whimsical
  • Group Categories:
    • Children 10 years of age and under
    • Individuals
    • Teams- (Families /Groups /Organizations)


  • Your completed house must be brought to The Corn Hill Arts Festival on Friday, July 10th between the hours of 8 am – 7pm (if you need to drop it off earlier or later –please make certain to label your house clearly and leave in the designated drop off area)
  • No Fairy Houses will be accepted Saturday or Sunday mornings of the Tour because of street closures
  • Please have your Team name/Fairy House Name and contact information (name, email, mobile phone for award winning houses) clearly marked and attached to the house if you are dropping off after hours.
  • Delivery: Enter the Festival grounds from the intersection of Ford St. and Adams St. ONLY!The drop-off area is at the corner of Adams St. and Eagle St. in the Corn Hill Neighborhood and is easily visible and marked. (Google Map address:  #97 Adams St. Rochester, NY 14608 for driving directions)
    View map here:
  • A representative will be present to label and check your information. You will be directed to set up your Fairy House. (If you drop off earlier or later, please place the Fairy House in the enclosure with contact info)
  • Fairy Houses not chosen for Awards MUST be picked up on Sunday evening, July 12th after 6:30pm or by Monday, July 13th before 5pm. Any houses not picked up will be recycled
  • The Festival streets are closed to traffic on Sunday, July 12 until 6:30pm.
  • Award Winners (except for the People’s Choice Award) will be notified on Saturday evening by phone. People’s Choice Award winner will be notified on Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of voting.

 Post Festival – Winning Fairy Houses

  • Winning Fairy Houses will be on display for 2 weeks post-Festival at The Garden Factory, 2126 Buffalo Rd. Rochester, NY 14624.
  • Pick up instructions will be given to all winners.
  • Award winners will be given 4 admissions to the Strong National Museum of Play and a gift bag.


Thank you for your participation and please share with others.


Previous Winners

People’s Choice Award:

Builder: Destiney Shultz
“Tale as Old as Time”





















Best Use of Natural Materials:

Family: Kristina Moss
Girl Scout Troop #60516
“Hydrangea Hideaway”



Jacquelyn Meacham
“Ivy-Vine Cottage”

Most Whimsical:

Burack Family
“Pixie Palace”
Moonstone Cousins
“Pixie Hollow”

Gretchen Foehner & Kim Leupold



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