Thursday, August 3, 2006
Strawberry Plains announces Hummingbird Festival Art Contest
In anticipation of the seventh annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration, taking place September 8-10, at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, 285 Plains Road, in Holly Springs, MS, Strawberry Plains would like to invite local children ages 6-15 to submit an original picture of the ruby-throated hummingbird for its Hummingbird Art Contest and Festival.
The Hummingbird Migration Celebration has proven to be an immensely popular event that has continued to gain momentum and delight all who attend. The event, which is one of the largest Audubon-sponsored nature festivals in the country, coincides with the peak of the ruby-throated hummingbird’s southward migration. Last year, a record 6,500 visitors were a part of the festivities.
Children submitting contest artwork at the gate on Saturday, September 9, will receive free admission to the Hummingbird Festival, and submissions will be on display in the kid’s nature activity tent after winners are announced at the festival.
Submission requirements for the contest are as follows:
Once all the submissions are collected, judging will take place between noon and 2 p.m., with awards presented at 2 by “Harry the Hummingbird.” Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded in three categories: 6-8 year olds, 9-11 year olds, and 12-15 year olds.
In addition to the art contest, event highlights will include: bird-banding sessions; demonstrations with live bats, alligators and small mammals; programs about the care and release of Mississippi wildlife; guided nature walks; wagon rides on the preserve; tours of the historic Strawberry Plains plantation home; a nature products trade show; a children’s activity tent; and presentations focusing on reptiles and endangered species found in Mississippi.
For more information about the art contest please contact Kate Friedman at 662-252-1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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