Every year we try and come up with new competitions for our growing mass of bbq attendees. This year someone suggested a painting contest, but that seemed too easy, so we decided to make it a painting competition using an electric toothbrush.
We have had art related contests before with great success. We did paper mache contests, sculptures using paper cups, forks, and plates and even a real drawing contest where the winner had to create the best caricature of one of our firemen. This year we wanted to make it a fun challenge, using an ultrasonic electric toothbrush to draw a fire truck. (They can clean it off with a high powered oral irrigator afterwards!)
Where Did We Come up With the Idea of Using an Electric Toothbrush
When we first started considering the drawing contest, we considered a number of things to try and make it more challenging. Some thought it would be fun to use something like a large rock, and create over-sized paper weights. Others thought that maybe we should use finger paints. One even though it would be a good idea to use a non-toxic paint and have people paint with their tongues, but that was just too out there. Then someone mentioned a toothbrush, someone else laughed and said it should be electric, and the idea was born.
We have made a deal with the local drugstore and they have ordered a surplus of electric toothbrushes that will be specially priced. These are of good quality too, so while you are picking up one for the contest, go ahead and get one for each member of your family. We checked review sites and these get great reviews from people who have used them.
Once you have your electric toothbrush ready, you can sign up for this contest at the local fire house. For this contest we are asking for pre-registration to get an idea of how much paint and paper we are going to need. Once signed up you will be included on the list of participants. On the day of the barbecue, you will need to present yourself at the main table after lunch, and take your place at the table.
What Can You Draw With the Electric Toothbrush
We are looking to decorate the main hall of the firehouse with original artwork of how it looks, so all paintings must be depictions of that building. We will have a large photograph set up for you to work off of, and a full palate of colors to choose from. The contest is for 30 minutes, so you are going to want to practice your electric toothbrush painting skills to be fast.
We have a great prize lined up for the winner, and all participants will get a free dental check-up at the clinic. We know that this is something off of the wall, but as you know if you have been to our barbecues in the past, we don’t do run of the mill when it comes to our contests.