THE judges have sifted through more than 150 entries in the Tamworth Country Music Festival official postcard competition and the winning entries are nearly ready for the world to see.
Judges from Tamworth Regional Council and The Northern Daily Leader said it was a difficult task to decide on the winners because all the entries were so good.
Tamworth Regional Council mayor Col Murray said it was a fantastic response to the competition.
“It makes you realise how well they understand the festival,” he said.
“All the entries showed they had a really good grasp of the elements of the festival.”
The competition involved primary school students in the Tamworth region designing a Tamworth Country Music Festival postcard, with the top three available during the festival for visitors and residents to send to friends and family.
Year 5 Timbumburi Public School student Ava Sullivan won the competition and won’t just see her artwork displayed on postcards, she also won four tickets to the Golden Guitar Awards.
Her entry shows a man playing guitar with a puppy, a girl playing banjo, a girl singing and a boy playing a violin, with two cars in the background.
Ava said she wanted her postcard to show how she liked all the buskers and the parade during the festival.
“I like pretty much everything about it,” she said.
Her ticket win means she will see the Golden Guitar Awards for the first time with her family.
Ava said she enjoyed drawing and it would be exciting to see her artwork on the postcards.
Bree Luckey is in Year 3 at St Joseph’s Primary School and used the Golden Guitar as the inspiration for her second place winning postcard.
“I do busking down the street so I drew a picture of someone singing with a money tin and CDs,” she said.
“It’s very hot in January, so I’ve included the sun and boots in the corners. I’ve been singing on Peel St for two years.”
Bree won tickets to The McClymonts’ festival concert as her prize. She saw them perform previously for her birthday, which is in January.
Tamworth Public Year 5 student Amy Zhu took home the third place prize.
Her postcard depicts the Australian flag behind a big guitar.
Amy has only been in Australia for two festivals and said she loved the food, games and how everyone is so happy.
“I’m nervous about seeing my postcard printed,” she said.
Amy said she was excited about being able to send her artwork to people.
The official postcards will be available throughout the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival.