Call for Entry Opens for Two Art Contests

The annual Mayor's Christmas Card Competition is on again!

Elementary and Middle School students from schools in the Sumter School District are asked to draw or paint a Christmas scene that they feel reflects what Christmas means to them. The winning entry from each category will be printed onto Christmas Cards with the student’s name, year, and school printed on the back side of the card. Winning entries will be recognized at the annual Fantasy of Lights Opening Ceremony on December 1st at 6 PM, have their art turned into a light display during the 2023 Fantasy of Lights all month long, and be recognized at City Council on Tuesday, December 19th at 5:30 PM.

All rules and the application are disseminated through the Sumter Schools and are available now.

The Mayor's Christmas Card Contest is in partnership with the Sumter School District and FTC.


The City of Sumter recognizes that students are creative and care about the environment. The 2nd annual 2024 Love Where You Live Litter Poster Contest is here to help spread the word about our Community Clean-Up Days and to show Sumter a little love by not littering. Our 2024 poster contest is available to any Sumter K-12th grade student - in public, private, and homeschool programs. Three winning pieces will be selected, one from each the Elementary, Middle, and High school grades. The three (3) winning pieces will become the designs for our 2024 poster, distributed to businesses and other facilities around the entire Sumter community throughout the year.

All rules and the application are available for download here. The same is being disseminated throughout all schools now.

The Love Where You Live Litter Poster Contest is in partnership with the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and Palmetto Pride.


For more information on these contests contact the Visitors Center at 803-436-2640.