Last chance to vote for Festival of Lighthouses contest

Time is running out to cast your vote in the 14th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The creative display of 22 large model lighthouses made by local artists, amateurs and students will close on Monday, Jan. 18.

There are two ways to vote through Jan. 18:

  •  Visit The Maritime Aquarium. At the Aquarium, the contest works like a juried art show except Aquarium guests are the jury. Visitors can follow the homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite. The lighthouse that gets the most paper-ballot votes wins $1,500. There are cash awards for five runners-up too: $750 for second place, $375 for third; $300 for fourth; $225 for fifth; and $150 for sixth.

  • Vote on Facebook. A separate “Facebook Favorite” tally is being taken on the social-media site, at Online voters can vote once every 24 hours. The lighthouse with the most Facebook votes wins $500. Plus, each day, one Facebook voter will be randomly chosen to receive a pair of tickets to The Maritime Aquarium. (You can only win once.)

Paper-ballot and “Facebook Favorite” winners will be announced Jan. 21.

Contestants this year are from Bethel, Bridgeport, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich (Cos Cob), Monroe, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Shelton, Stamford, Trumbull and West Haven in Connecticut, and Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle and Hartsdale in New York. Their lighthouses are made of everything from wood, paper and stone to playing cards, candies, fairy figures and paper cupcake liners.

Seeing — and voting for — the lighthouses at The Maritime Aquarium is free with Aquarium admission: $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for youths (13-17) & seniors (65+), and $12.95 for children ages 3-12.

For details about Maritime Aquarium exhibits, IMAX® movies and programs, call 203-852-0700 or go online to