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Timed Competition Rules

3-Minute and 12-Minute and Hairband


The timed twisting competitions are fun part of the Twist & Shout’s Wednesday night kick-off. The 3-minute, 12-minute, and hairband competitions take place immediately after the welcome reception on Wednesday of the convention. All attendees are encouraged to participate in these competitions. You can participate by entering one or more of the timed competitions and by voting in all of them. 

Rules for Voters

  1. Only fully-registered attendees can vote in the competitions.

  2. Each person may cast one vote per category.

  3. Your ballots are included with your registration badge. Please do not lose them or you will not be able to vote. 

  4. You are forbidden from giving your ballot to anyone else. 

  5. You may not touch or take any of the sculptures away from the competition without permission from T&S staff and the artist.

  6. You vote by writing the number of your chosen sculpture on your ballot. Votes must be written legibly. If we can't read it, we can’t count it. 

  7. Timed competition voting will take place Wednesday night immediately after the competitions end.

  8. Voting will end 30-minutes after the final competition of the night. All votes must be in by that time in order to be counted.

  9. Awards will be given for first, second, and third place in each category.

  10. Timed twisting awards will be announced during Friday night’s stage competition.


Rules for Contestants

  1. Only fully-registered attendees can enter the competitions. 

  2. All of these competitions are limited to 50 contestants each. You may sign up for these contests when you register. After 50 sign-ups you be added to a waiting list. If you are not able to sign up when you register, please email and you will be added to the waiting list, first come, first served.

  3. You may only enter one figure per category.

  4. You may not have help from friends building your sculptures, you must be the only designer and hands-on twister of your pieces.

  5. Competitors are required to bring their own balloons, inflators, and hairbands.


Rules for the Timed Competition Sculptures

  1. All entries must be made from balloons.

  2. There are three categories in the timed competitions: 1) 3-minute, 2) 12-minute, and 3) Headband (10-minute).

  3. Competitors will line up along tables supplied in the competition area of the room and may only twist in that area.

  4. No pre-inflation or preparation (e.g., double-stuffing) of balloons is allowed.

  5. Competitors can use any materials they wish in addition to balloons, such as markers.

  6. There is no size limit for sculptures in this competition.

  7. There are no themes for these competitions.

  8. The competition proctor will announce the start time, and announce 30-second (or 1-minute) intervals and a 10 to 0 second countdown at the end.  Once time has been called, competitors must immediately put down all materials and step away from their sculptures. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 

  9. All pieces must have the artists’ registration number in a visible location. See a T&S staff member if you have not gotten your badge yet.

Additional Rules for the Hairband Competition

  1. The hairband competitors will have 10-minutes to complete their piece.

  2. If the hairband sculpture is not affixed to a hairband it will be disqualified.

  3. Hairband competitors must wear their own creations or have someone wear it for them. 

  4. The hairband sculptures must be worn in the competition area until voting is complete.

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