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Local students asked to participate in holiday-themed art contest

by jmaloni
Wed, Nov 30th 2011 07:00 am

The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., in partnership with the Niagara Holiday Market, The Giacomo hotel, the Sheraton at the Falls and the Aquarium of Niagara, will give away holiday-inspired prize packages to two local elementary school art students.

In an effort to better engage local students and their families in the winter happenings taking place in Niagara Falls and the Niagara USA region, the NTCC has teamed up with a host of local partners to provide two families with an overnight stay at a premier downtown Niagara Falls hotel, four tickets to a concert at the Niagara Holiday Market, four passes to the Aquarium of Niagara and much more.

"This contest is an opportunity for the NTCC to connect local and regional elementary students to the Niagara Falls destination and its unique attractions and quality accommodations," said NTCC President and CEO John Percy. "This contest is both educational and enjoyable for students, while fitting in with our mission in terms of the promotion and marketing of Niagara USA."

In order to be considered for the prize pack, the NTCC is asking children between the ages of 5 and 12 to get into the holiday spirit and create a festive piece of art incorporating a landmark found in Niagara USA (Niagara Falls, Old Fort Niagara, Erie Canal, Niagara Wine Trail USA, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Holiday Market, etc.), whether it's a drawing of Santa's sleigh flying above Niagara Falls, a painting of Old Fort Niagara's French Castle covered in holiday lights, or even a Niagara USA inspired Christmas tree ornament. The contest will be judge based on creativity.

The contest winners will receive the following:

  • •An overnight stay at The Giacomo or Sheraton at the Falls.
  • •Four tickets (two children, two adults) to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's "A Visit With St. Nick" concert at the Niagara Holiday Market.
  • •Four tickets to the Aquarium of Niagara.
  • •Four ice skating passes at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Ice Rink at the Niagara Holiday Market.
  • •Four hot chocolates.
  • •A meet-and-greet with Santa Claus at the Holiday Market.

*The contest winner must be able to travel to Niagara Falls on Dec. 17, or he or she will have to forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected.

All entries must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 12, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. Please be sure to include your name, address, home telephone number and email address. For participating schools, include the student's name and the best point of contact. The winning entries along with a handful of others will be displayed on the Niagara USA Facebook, Twitter and website (www.niagara-usa.com).

All entries must be sent or submitted in person to: Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, Attn: Holiday Contest, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303.

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