Kids ages five to 18 are invited to participate in the Idaho Division of Aeronautics’ annual Aviation Art Contest through April 1.

“Idaho has a rich aviation history, and this year we encourage our young artists to find their inspiration by exploring that history,” said Tim Steffen, Safety Education Manager with the Idaho Division of Aeronautics.

Kids are invited to illustrate “Flight Through History” and learn about the exciting days of flying the mail, while navigating via light towers and concrete arrows. Find out how Boise’s Varney Airlines grew into a company you recognize today. What was Charles Lindberg’s connection to Idaho? Did we really build a nuclear- powered airplane?

In addition to these fun facts, aviation over the years has opened up the back country and wilderness areas of Idaho to business and recreation.

There are five different age categories in the contest; 5-6 years old, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18 years old.

Contestants must submit original artwork on 11x17-inch paper. The artwork must have been created using watercolor, acrylic or oil, colored pencil, felt-tip marker, ballpoint pen, pen and ink or crayon.

No pencil, charcoal, collage, digital or clip art will be accepted.

Each student’s artwork must also have a completed Certificate of Authenticity, which is provided in the application form.

First-place winners in each group will be invited to ride in a plane and will have their artwork signed by Idaho Governor Brad Little and get a framed congratulatory letter. Second-place winners will receive $25 in art supplies and a congratulatory letter.

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