Who can enter:

Kids and adults, classrooms and individuals, artists and novices…this contest is for everyone!

How to enter:

Fill out an entry form and email it to hokiebugfest@gmail.com or mail it to 460 West Campus Drive, 302 Agnew (MC 0409), Blacksburg, VA 24061 by September 20th (artwork due October 4). Entry forms are available at www.hokiebugfest.org or by calling (540) 231-6543.

When/where to take your art:

Please make every effort to deliver your art to Squires Student Center, 290 College Ave. Blacksburg, on Friday, October 4th between 9am-9pm. Metered parking is available along College Ave. or in the Squires Lot on the corner of College Ave. and Otey St. before 5pm. After 5pm, parking is free. You can also call (540) 250-2588 to have someone meet you in front of Squires to drop off your art – please call ahead!

Prize categories:

Art will be judged according to four age groups and five art categories. Age groups include: elementary (grades K-5), middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12) and adult. Art categories include: drawing/painting, photography, sculpture, group sculpture (schools only), and group mural/drawing (schools only). Prizes and award ribbons will be given for the winners and runners up of each art type in each age category. Winning group entries will receive a school/classroom medal. ALL entries and group participants receive a participation ribbon.


• Only one artwork per person.

• Entries must be the original work of the entrant – no traced or copyright protected images.

• Entries must be “bug-related” (e.g. insects, arachnids, centipedes, etc.).

• Individual drawings, paintings, and photographs must not be larger than 11” x 14” (including mat and frame). Group murals/drawings may be any size, but must fit through a single doorway.

• Individual and group sculptures (clay, metal, paper mache, recyclables, etc.) may be any size, but must fit through a single doorway.

• A COMPLETED entry form must accompany all entries.

- Teachers submitting multiple individual entries may use one entry form per art category with a list of student names and ages on a separate page.

- Teachers entering a group sculpture or group mural/drawing must include the names and ages of all students who participated on a separate page.

NOTE: Art will be displayed inside the Squires Student Center during the festival. Be sure all paint, glue, or other materials are dry and will not damage the facility.

Scoring guidelines:

All entries will be judged according to their adherence to the contest theme “Bugs” and overall originality, artistic skill, and effort level. Be Creative! Have Fun!!


All artists will be honored for their awesome artistic efforts and winners will be announced in the Old Dominion Ballroom at Hokie BugFest. Please check the festival website for a schedule of event times.

Join Us!! All art entries will be displayed in the Squires Student Center during Hokie BugFest on October 5. Visit your own art and check out the amazing creations of other insect artists in our region!

2019 Art and Dung Beetle Contest Form- Writeable.pdf Bug Art Contest
2019 HBF Art Contest Flyer.pdf Art Contest Flyer
2019 Art Contest Details.pdf Contest Details

It’s time to get collecting!! Start an insect collection and have it judged at Hokie BugFest on October 5th. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Collect as many insects as you can! and identify them as accurately as possible. Pin them or store them in your freezer until you are ready to pin them. Each collection should have a total of 50 specimens. Check your identifications with Bugguide.net.

Age groups:

• Junior Collectors: Ages 8 to 13

• Senior Collectors: Ages 14 to 18


Collections will be awarded first, second, and third place in each age category based on the scoring guidelines. The top collection will be awarded “Best in Show” and will receive a grand prize. All participants and their collections will receive recognition!!

Who can enter:

Any 4-H club, classroom, or individual is eligible. Group or team entries are encouraged. Individuals within groups can contribute their best specimens to the collection, which is judged as a team entry. Entries should include the name of the 4-H club/classroom/individual, the county, and the contact person for that group (with phone number and email address).

How to enter:

Fill out the attached entry form and e-mail it to slblevin@vt.edu by September 20th. Submit your collection to the Museum Room in the Commonwealth Ballroom at Hokie BugFest between 10 a.m. and noon. Entries will be judged at 2 p.m. on October 5th. Collections may be picked up after judging and awards are complete.

Suggested supplies:

Foam, pins, magnifying glass, and killing jar (a mason jar with a paper towel and a little nail polish remover works well). Make sure to pin insects from your kill jar right away or store them in the freezer until you are ready to pin them. See the 4-H activity book “Adventures with Insects” for tips on finding, collecting, and pinning insects.


“Adventures with Insects” – 4-H Activity Book: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/444/444-408/444-408.html

Also, check your local library for field guides, insect books, and other resources!

Good places to collect:

- State and local parks

- Hiking trails

- Around ponds and lakes

- Local gardens and fields

- Forests

- Agricultural and livestock fields

- Outside YOUR house!

- You will have to GET OUTSIDE!!!

Questions: Contact Stephanie Blevins: (540) 231-6543 or slblevin@vt.edu.

WARNING: Be careful collecting insects such as wasps, bees, velvet ants, and Asian needle ants that may sting or bite. Do not go on private land without the owner’s permission. Ask your parents or guardians before going bug hunting, and be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for mosquitoes, ticks, and spiders such as black widows. If you have known allergies to bees or other insects, this contest may not be for you. Have fun and be safe!

4-H Insect Collection Contest Guidelines_Hokie Bugfest 2019.pdf Insect Collection Contest Information
4-H Insect Collection Contest Form_Hokie Bugfest 2019.pdf Collection Contest Entry Form
19HBF Flyer - InsectCollectionContest.pdf

Who can enter:

Athletes and couch potatoes, individuals and groups (families, clubs, departments, etc.) …this contest is for everyone!

How to enter:

Fill out an entry form and email it to hokiebugfest@gmail.com or mail it to 460 West Campus Drive, 302 Agnew (MC 0409), Blacksburg, VA 24061. Entry forms are available online at www.hokiebugfest.org.

You may also register on the day of the festival. However, there is a limit of 6 entries per prize category, so early registration is encouraged.

Festival Check-In/Race Time/Winners:

All racers must check in at the Dung-Beetle Race Table on College Ave. by 2:00pm on October 5th. Races will start promptly at 3pm. Winners will be announced on College Ave. immediately following the races.

Prize categories:

Racers will compete as individuals or teams in two age groups. Age groups include youth (ages 10-16) and adult (ages 17 and up). Teams must consist of 4 participants. Prizes will be given for Fastest Dung Roller and Best in Show (most creative costume) for each individual and each team in each age group.


• Racers must stay in their lane.

• Dung balls must remain on the ground at all times.

• Dung balls may only be pushed and maneuvered with the sticks provided.

• Only dung balls and sticks provided by Hokie BugFest will be permitted.

• All racers must be dressed as dung beetles!!*


For maximum mobility and comfort, racers are encouraged to prepare their dung-beetle costumes prior to the festival. However, costumes will be provided at the festival if needed.

Some awesome examples of Humans Dressed as Dung Beetles include:




Please note that dung beetles walk on their front legs and roll their dung balls with their back legs. However, at Hokie BugFest, all racers must stay on their feet and use the sticks provided to mimic a beetles back legs. Sooo…when designing your costume, your head should be the beetle’s rear end, and your rear end should be the beetle’s head!! (see the first link above for a good example) Entomologists will be on-site to help! 

19HBF Flyer - DungBeetleRaces.pdf Dung Beetle Races
2019 Art and Dung Beetle Contest Form- Writeable.pdf Contest Entry Form
19HBF ContestDetails - DungRaces.pdf

Who & What: Dress as your favorite insect, arachnid, or other bug-related animal and parade through the halls of Squires Student Center and down College Avenue, Blacksburg (weather permitting).

When & Where: Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at the Virginia Tech, Squires Student Center


Age groups: YOUTH (Ages 0-16) and ADULT (Ages 17 and up)

Prizes: Prizes will be presented in each age group for Most Creative and Most Scientifically Accurate costume. Two top costumes will be crowned King and Queen of Hokie BugFest!!


• All costumes must be “bug-related” (e.g. insects, arachnids, centipedes, etc.).

• Homemade costumes are encouraged!

• Hokie BugFest is an event for all ages – any costume with excessive gore or that is otherwise inappropriate in nature will not be eligible for entry.

How to Enter: Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Visit hokiebugfest.org to download an entry form or call 540-231-6543.

Check-In/Judging: All contestants must report to the Lyric Theater on College Avenue for judging – visit hokiebugfest.org for check-in time. Judging and awards will take place on the Lyric Stage. The parade will immediately follow the awards.

2018 HBF Contest Entry Form - Writable PDF.pdf costume entry form

We will be hosting our 3rd annual Bug Eating Contest at this year's Hokie BugFest!

The rules for the Bug Eating Contest must be followed throughout the entire event, and any contestant that breaks the following rules will be immediately disqualified.

  1. The contest will be open to the first 10 people to register.  You must be 18 years or older to register and have a valid form of ID that proves your date of birth.
  2. A waiver must be signed in order to participate in the contest.
  3. The objective of this competition is to eat all of the bugs (insects and their arthropod relatives) on your plate as quickly as possible.  Bottled water will be provided to each contestant, but no outside beverages will be allowed.    
  4. The contest will consist of nine rounds in total.  The last person in each round to finish consuming the bugs on his/her plate will be eliminated.
    1. A contestant is finished consuming his/her plate of bugs when he/she raises a numbered sign designated to that contestant at the start of the competition.  The contestant must have an empty plate without any visible bug parts.  The contestant will also open his/her mouth and stick out his/her tongue to prove that all parts of the bugs have been swallowed and completely consumed.
    2. Any contestant to spit out/throw up any and/or all parts of the bug(s) will be immediately disqualified.  All bugs and bug parts must be swallowed and entirely consumed. 
    3. The person eliminated each round will be determined by a panel of 10 judges that are unrelated and who do not have any bias towards any of the contestants.  Each judge will be assigned to one of the 10 contestants and, using a stopwatch, the judges will time each contestant.  Then, the 10 judges will collaborate, using the time it took each contestant to finish his/her plate, and come to an agreement on which contestant finished last.  
  5. Each round will be initiated by an announcer and will begin when the announcer says start.  Contestants must not touch their plate or any of the bugs on it until the round is initiated by the announcer.  If a contestant picks up and/or starts consuming any of the bugs before the round is initiated, then that person will be immediately disqualified from the contest.   
  6. The only person not to be eliminated will be the winner of the Bug Eating Contest.  This person will receive the grand prize and a certificate showing that he/she is the winner.
    1. In the event of a tie, the finishing times and placement of each contestant in previous rounds will be considered in order to break the tie.  The contestant with the shorter times and higher placements throughout the competition will be crowned the winner.     
APPROVED Bug Eating Contest Waiver Release and Rules 2018.doc Contest Entry Form