In the lead-up to the festival on October 24-25, a special competition is being held for local school children to come up with a design.
“We want a mascot for our festival and we saw this as a great way of getting more schools and school children involved,” said steering committee chairperson Lynn Locke.
“The competition is open to both primary and secondary students with the winning entry being fabricated or constructed and playing a central part in the festivities.
“Mascots can take many forms and students are invited to use their creativity in their design concept.
“The mascot will be used to celebrate the river and promote the river festival.
“It could take the form of a floating mascot, a mobile character that can be used in the parade, a creative costume worn by an actor at the river festival, or a totem or sculptural piece that can be located at the festival.
“You don’t have to be an artist or art student to take part. The competition is open to all school children.
“Now is the time to start thinking about and designing your mascots.”
Mrs Locke said the mascot would lead this year’s street parade and take part in a number of activities at the river.
Some great prizes are up for grabs for the winning entries including iPads for the best overall design in the primary school, high school year 7-10 and high school year 11-12 categories.
Mrs Locke also encouraged more schools to get involved with the festival as part of the parade.
“It would be great to have more schools involved, especially in the parade,” she said.
“It is a great way to promote your school and any events you may have coming up.
“There is also the chance to win the best float in the schools’ section of the parade.”
Your mascot design should either be presented as a drawing, painting, or digital image on A3 size paper or as a model or small sculpture standing on a piece of A4 size board.
You can use any material including paper, plastic, cardboard, fabric, wood, modelling clay etc.
Your entry should include a name for your mascot design, a one sentence description of how it celebrates the Shoalhaven River, and your full name, class and school.
To enter or for further information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries close June 26.