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 DETROIT, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1993 Michigan Thanksgiving Parade will feature both a new float and a new giant helium balloon designed by two Michigan youth.
 The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Float and Balloon Design Contest, sponsored by The Skillman Foundation, provides students in grades kindergarten through sixth a chance to have their artistic talent recognized on a statewide level, and to recognize the value of art to our culture. The contest is made possible by a culture and arts grant awarded by The Skillman Foundation, according to Kirk A. Hendrix, president of The Parade Company.
 "We are repeating this contest because of the overwhelming response we received from teachers and students last year," said Hendrix. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Michigan youth to become a part of this 67-year-old beloved tradition."
 The 1993 contest theme is classic stories. This includes characters and scenes from any nursery rhyme, fable, fairy tale or myth. Contestants need only draw a balloon and/or float to enter, and may submit as many designs as they wish. All entries should be postmarked no later than Oct. 22 and sent to:
 Parade Design Contest
 9600 Mt. Elliott
 Detroit, MI 48211
 The winning float and balloon designs will be illustrated and built by The Parade Company, producers of The Michigan Thanksgiving Parade. The two winning students and their families will be given an opportunity to march with their award-winning units down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.
 The Skillman Foundation was founded in December 1960 by Rose P. Skillman, widow of Robert H. Skillman, vice president and director of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. The Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation with assets of $382 million. Its geographic area is southeastern Michigan and it is headquartered in Detroit. The Foundation makes grants in the areas of child and family welfare, child and family health, education, juvenile justice, youth development, basic human needs, culture and the arts, and strengthening major community institutions.
 For more information about the contest, contact Iana Dealey at 313-923-7400.
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 /CONTACT: Iana Marie Dealey, director of public relations for The Parade Company, 313-923-7400/

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