Fairy Houses Tour at the 2013 Corn Hill Arts Festival

April 15, 2013, Rochester – The Corn Hill Neighbors Association is excited to announce that the Fairy Houses Tour will be coming to The 2013 Corn Hill Arts Festival July 13-14.

The Fairy Houses Tour is an exhibit of whimsical habitats crafted from natural materials for the fairies. Inspired by the popular Fairy Houses Series® of books by Tracy Kane, building fairy houses encourages kids of all ages to be creative and interact with nature.

The Tour—sponsored by KidsOutandAbout.com, WROC TV8, Fox Rochester, The National Museum of Play at The Strong, and Genesee Valley Parent—will mark the first Fairy Houses Tour in Rochester.


Anyone and everyone is welcome to build fairy houses to showcase at the event. Entries will be split into three categories: children 0-10 and their family, public aged 10+, and groups. Registration is free and can be completed HERE.

Prizes will be awarded in each category based on three criteria: Best Use of Natural Materials, Most Whimsical, and Most Unique. The public will choose one overall winner as the People’s Choice selection. The ten chosen Fairy Houses will be displayed at The National Museum of Play at The Strong starting July 15th.

Corn Hill Arts Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy this unique and imaginative activity by building their own fairy house at the Festival in a grassy area beside the Fairy Houses Tour.

Rochester native Tracy Kane, author and illustrator of the Fairy Houses Series®, will appear at the Corn Hill Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday. At the festival Tracy will read from her stories, chat with visitors, and autograph books.

Tracy will also make a pre-festival appearance at the National Museum of Play at The Strong on June 8th. At this event, she will teach children how to build Fairy Houses and give readings from her books. The event is included with general museum admission fees. For more information, please visit http://www.museumofplay.org/see-do/events.

To learn more about the 45th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival and register to enter a Fairy House please visit- https://cornhillartsfestival.com/.

To learn more about Tracy Kane and the Fairy Houses Series of Books, please visit www.fairyhouses.com

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  1. is the fairy house project open to adults? or only in groups? what kind of groups
    thanks, mollie

  2. Claudia Quinn Cashman says

    My first fairy house was in the woods when I was 31! In a tree stump with an opening in it. I left it to the fairies. Several years ago in the Adirondacks I helped five bored little girls in a rainy day collect moss and rocks and sticks and we made a fairy house on a plastic tray! This year I accidentally broke a large terra cotta planter and decided to create a fairy pot! I bought some of the fairy garden plants at a local garden store and layered the full potted soil with broken pieces of the pot to create different levels…covered with sphagnum moss and river rocks and crystals and little statues…oh my I’m part of a new approach to fairy gardening. Would love to enter the fairy garden contest! Also have created some in woods behind my house!

  3. Festival Chair says

    Hi Mollie – Yes, the fairy house is open to all ages as well as group entires. Follow the link on our site to register.

  4. Hi! What hours will Tracy Kane be at the festival? Thanks!

  5. Festival Chair says

    The Fairy Houses Tour and Tracy Kane will be at the festival during all festival hours. Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm. Hope you can join us.

  6. Hello! I understand these houses need to be “natural”, but can you use things like cotton doilies inside the houses to decorate them? (they are made of cotton….)

    Also, can we use little dots of paint to decorate also? Like on a tiny chair or table inside the house?

  7. Festival Chair says

    Hi Donna – the guidelines for your fairy house are available at the following link: http://www.fairyhouses.com/build-a-fairy-house-for-the-corn-hill-arts-festival/ refer to this link in regards to materials, assembly etc.

  8. Would you tell me where the Fairy house tour takes place at the festival and are there starting times or is it self guided?

  9. Festival Chair says

    The Fairy House Tour will be located adjacent to the Emerging Artist Expo on Adams Street. The tour will be open during festival hours, Saturday 10-6 & Sunday 10-5. Hope to see you there!