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In the 1920s and 1930s, Procter & Gamble devised an ingenious way to sell more of their products: national soap carving contests.  Amateur sculptors turned simple bars of soap into miniature masterpieces.  The Chemung County Historical Society (CCHS) is bringing this tradition back with a soap sculpture contest to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, Clean.


 Soap Carving Contest Official Rules


·        The contest will be free of charge and open to any participants. 

·        1 entry (consisting of only 1 bar of soap) per person. All ages are able to participate.

·        There are three categories based on age: 12 and under; 13-17; and 18 and older.  JUDGES WILL AWARD A PRIZE TO A WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY.

·        There will be an additional online judging for entrants in only the 18+ age category.  An additional prize will be awarded to this fan favorite.

·        CCHS will provide each contestant with one 4oz bar of original Ivory Soap (while supplies last). If you need to purchase another bar, it MUST be the same.

·        Do not add coloring or other materials to your entry. No adhesives.

·        Entries cannot be molded.  All entries must be carved. Any carving tools can be used.

January 30- February 6:
  Contestants can pick up soap and registration materials at CCHS during normal hours (Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm)

Saturday, February 6: Open carving workshop at CCHS to use carving tools, 12-2pm

Thursday, February 11: Open carving workshop at CCHS to use carving tools, 5-7pm

Tuesday, February 16: Open carving workshop at CCHS, 11am-1pm

February 20: Submissions are due and must be delivered to CCHS. 

February 22: Online fan voting and judging begins.  Fan voting runs for one week.

March 1: Contest winners announced.  All entries will be on display through the end of March.  Entrants can pick up their work after the display period.

April 9: All entries must be picked up by this date or they become the property of CCHS.

Call 607-734-4167 ext. 205 or 204 for more information.


This activity is made possible in part by the QuickARTS grant program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.


1.      General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, unauthorized human intervention, or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be in violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys’ fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


2.      Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and its officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prizes (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing, or typographical errors; (d) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event, or in any Contest-related materials; or (e) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrants further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorneys’ fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


3.      Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in New York State. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New York State, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York State.


4.      Privacy

Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy.