Scroll Saw Contest Information

The Scroll Saw Contest will be judged on Saturday, beginning at 10 am

Entry Fees:

Age 16 and under may enter as many items as they want FREE!
The fee for folks age 17 and older will be $5.00 per item entered.

Entry items will be taken from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Friday, August 4 , 2023, and from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Saturday, August 5 , 2023. Fees must accompany your entry form.

General Rules:

We ask that only hobbyists (non-professionals) enter the contest. We also ask that judges, contest workers, and their families refrain from entering the contest. Please do not enter a project that you have previously entered in this contest. You must be present at the show to enter your project – for instance, no projects may be mailed in for inclusion in the contest.

By entering an item in the contest, you give permission for your name and photo to be used in promoting the contest. Contest staff will make the final determinations for the placement of entries into categories and classes. In order to enter, you must certify that all work on the project is your own and that the project has not been previously entered in the Midwest Trade show contest. Projects which are completed with the aid of lasers, CNC routers, plasma cutters or other computerized machinery are not allowed in this contest. By participating in this contest you agree to abide by and respect the decisions of the judges, if you think this may be a problem for you, please do not submit an entry.


2-D Fretwork

Projects primarily exhibit 2 dimensions of length and width with very little depth. Pieces require minor assembly/construction. Such as silhouettes, frames, ornaments, signs, word art, etc

3-D Fretwork

Projects exhibit 3 dimensions of length, width, and depth (resulting from construction). Pieces require complex assembly/construction. Such as shelves, boxes, clocks, night lights, etc.


Projects primarily emphasize intarsia techniques in their execution.


Projects cannot be classified as either fretwork or intarsia. They must show evidence of a scroll saw being a major piece of equipment used in making the project. (You may be asked to write a brief description of how the project was made.) This category will include segmentation, non-pierced work, marquetry and inlay which were done with a scroll saw.


Classes: Basic, Intermediate, Complex

Each of the above categories will be divided into 3 classes. Placement into classes is based on the complexity of the design used for the project and not on the skill level of the participant.  The show staff will make the final determination for the class after all entries are received. It is somewhat variable and will depend, in part, on other entries in the category. The division of the category into classes will be determined first by the complexity of the entry’s design and secondly by the total number of entries in the category.


  • Category/Class winners: first, second, and third will receive ribbons
  • Best in Class winners (Basic, Intermediate, and Complex): a rosette ribbon and many other valuable prizes
  • Best in Show winner: a rosette ribbon and many other valuable prizes
  • Scrollers Choice winner:  will be voted on by show attendees  – a rosette ribbon and many other valuable prizes
  • Junior Scroller winner: a rosette ribbon and many other valuable prizes