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Simpson bay, Feb. 25th –A great turn out for the prize giving of the 15th annual Regatta Art Competition on Sunday the 23rd of February!

With Elektra as host, spectacular prizes to give away, Funtopia, Cali France and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club sailing instructors involved it promised to be a fun-filled afternoon. Many schools entered for the competition this year and the organization and judges were pleasantly surprised by the creativity of the artworks and the talent of the children. Over 200 artworks were submitted and for the children it was a unique way to express their creativity and discover new talents.

For the 15th year, children with different age groups from all over St. Maarten created spectacular artworks. This year there were five different age groups, each with two or three assignments that they could choose from. Assignments ranged from  making a juice box boat, creating Regatta wall art and  building a boat to a talent assignment .

This year the judge panel consisted of Roland and Laura Richardson from the Roland Richardson Art Gallery, Zdenka, the owner of The Artbox, La Rich, owner of Funtopia and Tony Parisi, local artist and a regular regatta volunteer. It was a difficult task for the judges to come to the decisions regarding the first, second and third prize in the different categories. A whole afternoon was used to go over all the great artworks!

After the prize giving, the children enjoyed snacks and drinks provided by Prime and water from Heavenly Water. The children could then go on a sailing trip around the lagoon, organized by the instructors of the Sint Maarten Yacht Club. They could also get their face painted by Funtopia and they were able to have some fun on the trampoline and bouncy castle from CaliFrance.

 The organization is very thankful for the support from the sponsors that made this event possible. We would like to thank: Random Wind, Rhino Safari, Butterfly Farm, Aqua Mania, SXM Zoo, Prime, Heavenly Water, Trisport, Lucky Stables, Pineapple Pete, Keijzer, Roland Richardson Art Gallery, Win Air, the Art Box, Van Dorp, Xerox, Nature Foundation, Cali France, Loterie Farm, Kids World SXM, Funtopia, Shipwreck shops, Scuba Shop, Divico, and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club.

And one big Thank You to all the participating schools and children! The organization encourages everyone to participate in 2015 for the 16th edition of the Regatta Art Competition.

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