Birthday card contest under way for Snooty the Manatee

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Students entering preschool through 6th grade are encouraged to submit a birthday card for Snooty for the chance to win great prizes. Birthday cards will be judged for creativity and originality.

The Museum’s Director of Living Collections Marilyn Margold, who cares for Snooty and the rehab manatees and marine life in the Museum’s care said, “More than 200 children submitted cards last year for Snooty’s record-breaking 65th Birthday – and this year Snooty has set an even higher benchmark for how long manatees can live by reaching 66 years old! Every day he’s with us, we learn more about manatees and he shows us how long it is possible for these incredible animals to live. Kids from around the country – and all over the world – are invited to celebrate Snooty’s life by wishing him a happy birthday and participating in the contest.”

All submissions are due by Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 5 pm. Late submissions and submissions without a completed entry form will not be judged. There will also be a special opportunity to create or turn in birthday cards for Snooty at the “¡Nemo y Amigos!” Family Night event on Saturday, July 5 from 4 – 8 pm. There will be a “Birthday Card Station” where families can make cards or turn in the cards they have already made. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in to the top cards in each of four age categories immediately following the crowd serenading Snooty with “The Birthday Song” at noon during Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Awards will be announced and prizes distributed in the Museum’s Spanish Plaza.

To be judged, all entries must include an entry form with name, home address, telephone number, age and child’s school grade (2014– 2015). Entry forms can be picked up at the Museum (201 10th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34205) or online at Call 941-746-4131, ext. 30 for more information

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