Trading in satin and taffeta for a brand of duct tape could win a couple of creative prom-goers $20,000 in scholarships.
Duck Tape is kicking off its annual "Stuck at Prom" contest this week, rewarding high school students who use its rolls of colorful, slick, stiff tape to fashion gowns, tuxedos and accessories.
The contest runs through May 23. Students can enter in singles or couples categories, and their creations will be rated on workmanship, originality, accessories, use of color and use of Duck Brand duct tape.
Students must also wear their work to prom.
The winning couple will receive $10,000 for each person; $5,000 will be awarded to the school that hosted the prom they attended. Runners-up and their schools will also get scholarships. The one single winner will earn $500.
Honorable mentions will be given for best purse, best corsage, best shoes, best tie, best jewelry and best prop.
This is the 14th year for the contest, and the company now produces more than 200 tape colors, from glow-in-the-dark to chrome, and designs, from skulls-and-crossbones to argyle. The products can be found at many retail stores.
In 2013, entrants used about 4,000 rolls in their entries, and couples averaged about 100 hours to complete their outfits.
Duct tape contest
For details on Duck Tape's "Stuck at Prom" contest, go to www.stuckatprom.com.