Contests



Art Contest

Sign up to participate in our free-hand insect art contest. All drawings will be displayed in the Smith Hall building the week before, during, and after Bug Bowl. Award Ribbons are presented to 5 students in each grade, and all students receive a participation certificate.

Guidelines for rules, judging, and entry information (PDF)

Register to participate with this online form.

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Entries from past contests are available in the Photos section.



Cricket Spitting Contest

Cricket spitting is a unique sport invented at Purdue in 1996 by Professor Tom Turpin. All ages are invited to participate; no pre-registration is required before the day of the event. 

Cricket spitting takes place on the Purdue Memorial Mall both Saturday and Sunday of Bug Bowl.

Cricket Spitting Contest Qualifying Rounds:
10:00 - 12:00 and 1:15 - 3:15

Spit-off Finals:
12:45 and 3:30

Cricket spitting contest rules


Ribbons are awarded to First through Fourth place spitters in multiple age classes.

The current world record Cricket Spit is 32 feet, 0.5in (9.766 m), held by Dan Capps.

Click here to find out more!

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