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‘Birds of Prey’ art contest in Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL, COLORADO ” With support from American National Bank, area school children have an opportunity to create art for the world. The third annual Birds of Prey art contest is underway. Developed by KZYR and the Vail Valley Foundation, “The art contest is a great way to get our school children involved with the World Cup races,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. Every year the contest is themed based on the races. “With this year’s theme of ‘Bring the World to our Backyard’ ” inviting the world back in 2013, it’s also a terrific way to send a message to the world that all segments of the Vail Valley truly support the World Championships bid campaign and that our children want the opportunity to experience a championship of their own,” Folz said.

American National Bank’s involvement as a sponsor of the contest helped elevate the quality of promotion, and has given the art contest a noticeable and supportive title.

The response from the community and schools has been tremendous, explained Gabrie Higbie of KZYR.

“When we came up with this idea a couple of years ago, I had no idea how much the community would get behind this,” Higbie said. “Both Bill Jensen and John Garnsey have participated as our ‘celebrity judges’ and the school district has been of great assistance in getting the kids to participate. I think that this art contest has been a great thread for pulling the community together.”

Children ages 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 are invited to submit posters to the contest for a chance to win prizes including a pizza party at Pazzos in Avon, gift certificates from Wishes the Toy Store in Avon, books from The Bookworm in Edwards, art supplies and an autographed copy of the winning poster from the Birds of Prey U.S. Ski Team athletes.

A bit of fame is also in the mix: The winning posters from each age group will be presented at the 2013 Bid Party and Downhill bib presentation on Nov. 29, on display for ski fans from around the world to see. The winning posters will also be featured in the Vail Daily.

To give direction to this year’s contest, the creative young minds of the Valley are asked to consider the theme of bringing the World Championships to the Vail Valley in 2013 ” “Invite the World to our backyard.” What makes the Vail Valley world-class? Why should the World Championships come in 2013? What will the future hold? American National Bank, KZYR and the Vail Valley Foundation are asking young skiers and racers to take a moment, muster all their creative energy and build their individual vision of Inviting the World to our Backyard.

For more information, contact Gabrie Higbie at 926-7625.


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