Walleye contest open to studentsGovernor Tim Pawlenty, along with the Minneapolis – St. Paul 2008 Host Committee, recently launched the CivicFest Walleye School of Fish Competition.
Governor Tim Pawlenty, along with the Minneapolis – St. Paul 2008 Host Committee, recently launched the CivicFest Walleye School of Fish Competition.
It’s a statewide artistic competition open to Minnesota students interested in designing a four-foot birch flat-board walleye decorated with materials specific to individual U.S. states or territories.
Winning designs will be displayed in an exhibit at CivicFest: A Very Minnesota Celebration, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center August 29 through September 4, 2008, in conjunction with the 2008 Republican National Convention.
“Fishing and spending time outdoors with family and friends is part of Minnesota’s heritage,” Pawlenty said. “The Walleye School of Fish Competition is a great fit with the mission of CivicFest – to provide an educational and entertaining experience for visitors – in a uniquely Minnesota way.”
At the Governor’s Fishing Opener, Pawlenty displayed a four-foot wooden walleye, decorated with a map of Minnesota and fishing lures, representing the more than 10,000 lakes in the state and the 2.3 million individuals that go fishing on those lakes annually.
“We developed this competition so students throughout Minnesota could have the opportunity to participate in CivicFest and to learn about other states and territories,” said Jeff Larson, CEO of the Minneapolis – St. Paul 2008 Host Committee. “The Walleye School of Fish Competition would not be possible without the generous support of our exhibit sponsor, The Travelers Companies, Inc., who has been committed to supporting local civic and nonprofit organizations in St. Paul. Their sponsorship of the Walleye School of Fish Competition is an example of their continued commitment to the local community.”
Students in grades seven and above in the 2008-09 school year are invited to choose a state or territory in the United States and research cultures, symbols, industries and events associated with that area, as well as develop a two-sided design on a paper walleye silhouette. The silhouette is available online at www.civicfest.org. The deadline to enter is July 1, 2008. Winning designs will be selected by CivicFest staff and a four-foot birch flat-board walleye will be sent to each winning student artist to be decorated and then exhibited at CivicFest. A complete list of official rules for the Walleye School of Fish Competition can be found at www.civicfest.org. The walleye was chosen because it is Minnesota’s state fish.
Additional details about the CivicFest Walleye School of Fish competition are available online at www.civicfest.org.