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2020 Day of the Dead Offering Contest
History of a Beautiful Celebration. “On October 31st, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the Angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1st is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2nd is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; Pan de Muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.”
— Frances Ann Day, Latinx Voices in Literature.
The Day of the Dead celebrations developed from ancient traditions among its pre-Columbian cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead". Back in old Mexico and in some places in Central America, the families build beautiful offerings, altars or small shrines for their love ones who have passed. these sometimes feature a Christian cross, statues or pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pictures of deceased relatives and other people, scores of candles, and an Ofrenda (offering) usually dishes and drinks the deceased enjoyed while a live.
Traditionally, families spend some time around the altar, praying and telling anecdotes about the deceased.
CABA is inviting you, your family and/or your business/organization to participate in our 4th Annual Day of the Dead Offering Contest. This would be the perfect way to be creative, celebrate this beautiful tradition from home and invite the community in to Celebrate your love ones.
Registration deadline: October 23, 2020.
Delivery of videos and photographs: on or before October 28, 2020
Remember that the folklore and color of our nation should be reflected in your offering
Winners Announcement: November 1st, 2020
Awards: November 7, 2020 at 12 noon, Bethany Park. 1120 Central Avenue, Kansas City, KS. 66102
To participate you need to register your entry by October 23rd, cover the entry fee and produce the offering by October 28th. Visit www.DayoftheDeadWeekend.com to register.
All Offerings will be showcased between the 28th of October to the 1st of November on our Social Media Accounts. CABA will be assembling a Panel of 5 Judges from members of our community to review each of the participating offerings and vote for the best display. Recounting their votes, they will select the 3 winners.
3rd Place $100.00 + Plaque
2nd Place $200.00 + Plaque
1st Place $300.00
On November 1st at 1pm, CABA will announce the winners via social media. Creativity, devotion, love, and respect for our love ones who have moved forward should guide us to create beautiful displays of tradition.
Basic Rules of Participation
Contest open to all residents, businesses, and organizations of the Kansas City Metro
All Participant must fill up and sign the registration form and cover the entry fee of $30.00 by 6pm Central Time, October 23rd, 2020
The Contest will take place between October 28th and November 1st.
All Participants must submit 5-10 digital pictures (jpeg) and One 3 to 5 minutes video of the production explaining the details included and the meaning of the Offering for judging and promotional purposes, on October 28th, 2020
Full Contest Rules. 9/23/2020
Contest open only to residents, businesses, and organizations of the Kansas City Greater Area.
All Volunteers, Sponsors and Contractors. CABA, CABA’s Executive Director, Members to the Board of Directors, CABA’s Employees and all member of the Judging Panel as well as all direct family members, are not eligible to participate in this contest.
All Offerings must be display ready by the 28th of October.
Head representatives of all participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
All Participant must fill out and sign the registration form and cover the entry fee. all registration forms must be submitted in print and signed to CABA (1621 central Avenue, KC. KS. 66102) You can find copy of the registration form at If you need assistance with using the form, you may send questions to or call 913-281-9222.
Registration Fee: Thirty dollars ($30.00) per participating display. Participants can register more than one entry; each entry must be displayed at a different location and pay a separate entry fee.
Participant’s entry registration form and registration fee must be receipted and covered by 6pm Central Time, October 23rd, 2020. Any Offering entry received after the time and date limit will be eliminated and fees returned.
The Contest final judging will take place on November 1st.
All Offering displays must be built at a location (sidewalk, window, lobby, patio, garden, parking lot, deck) accessible to photography. Security and Safety of the Offerings are the responsibility of the participants.
All Participants must submit 5-10 digital pictures (jpeg) of their Offering for promotional purposes by October 28th, 6pm. CABA has no obligation to publish, use or retain any Offering display’s promotional material or otherwise submitted by the participants other than for the contest judgement nor to return any promotional materials.
All Judges identity will be undisclosed. Their decision will be final and irreversible. Judgement decision will be made public via CABA’s Social Media venues on November 1st at 10pm and directly to the winning parties.
By entering this contest, under risk of being disqualified, you warrant and represent that all Offering displays you submit are your own original work, do not infringe upon any copyright, invade any right of privacy, contain any defamatory, libelous or slanderous material, or violate any other right of any person or entity, and are not otherwise contrary to law.
Offering Displays must not depict a violation of CABA’s standard of conduct or depict any violent or unsafe procedure or practice.
Offering displays must not endorse or be perceived to endorse a commercial product or service other than the registered resident, business or organization physically creating the Offering display. This includes but is not limited to the display of brand names or trademarks on any people, equipment, or other objects visible in the Offering display. Registered cooperation where more than one organization is participating in the creation of the Offering is permitted.
For any Offering Display submitted in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject's parent or guardian and, upon request, provide it to CABA. A sample release for your use is available here:
You agree that it is your sole responsibility to obtain all permissions necessary for granting of the rights contained in the previous paragraph. You also agree, as a condition of being awarded any prize in the contest, to take, at CABA's request, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of assignments, transfers, affidavits and other documents) reasonably necessary, as requested by CABA, to effect, perfect, or confirm CABA's rights in and to your Offering Display, materials generated from the same or other rights granted in these rules.
By entering the contest, participants grant the Central Avenue Betterment Association a royalty free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to reproduce, display, distribute, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly and all other governmental purposes. Any material created from all Offering displays will include a credit as feasible. CABA will not be required to seek any additional approval about such uses.
You further grant CABA the right to use information that you provide as part of your submission, including your name, city, state/territory and contact information for the following purposes: 1) Contact information will only be used to notify you if you are selected a finalist for this contest; and 2) Name, city, and state/territory may be announced to the public about winning and/or finalist Offering Display.
No Confidentiality. Offering Display materials submitted to CABA will not be treated as confidential, and by entering this contest and submitting your entry form, you represent and warrant that the Offering Displays do not include or disclose any trade secrets, proprietary information or other confidential information.
General release disclaimer. CABA will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled, distorted, or damaged or destroyed Offering display entries; (b) Digital, social media or communications related malfunctions or failures; (c) any contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of CABA or by non-authorized human intervention; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the contest. By entering the contest, you release and hold harmless the Central Avenue Betterment Association from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, cost, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the contest or delivery, missed delivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
Miscellaneous. The contest and these Full Contest Rules will be governed, construed, and interpreted under all applicable laws, rules and regulations of the City of Kansas, the County of Wyandotte, and the state of Kansas. Participants agree to be bound by these Full Contest Rules and by the decisions of CABA, which are final and binding in all respects. CABA reserves the right to change these Full Contest Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend, cancel, postpone or extend the contest or any entrant's participation in the contest should technology, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond CABA's control affect the administration, security or proper display of the Offering contest or CABA otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the contest as planned. Entrants who violate or fail to comply with these Full Contest Rules, violate any law, rule or regulation about participation in the contest, tamper with the operation of the contest, or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to CABA, the contest or any other entrant (in each case as determined in CABA sole discretion), are subject to disqualification from entry into the contest. If you have any questions about these Full Contest Rules or the contest, please e-mail them to or send written questions to:
Central Avenue Betterment Association
1621 central Avenue Kansas City, Kansas. 66102
Attn: Day of the Dead Offering Contest.
IF YOU DO NOT MEET OR DESAGREE WITH ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS, OR ANY OTHER ELIGIBILITY POINTS IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES THEN YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST.