Wildwood 2014 Lego Building Contest

Thanks to Everyone for Another Fun Event!

Ready for takeoff? The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was getting ready for takeoff. The passengers were on board, the fuel truck was there pumping in the fuel, the catering service had food and beverages loading into the rear of the plane, and the luggage was on the ramp being stowed. If you were 4.2 cm tall you would be there too, ready to take off for a tropical holiday to escape the cold in Calgary.

And cold it was, that day in early February, but it was warm inside the Wildwood Community Hall where the Wildwood 2014 Lego Contest was held on February 9th. More than 100 children entered the Contest and created over 150 individual works of art composed of Lego bricks. There were five different categories to inspire building: Scenes, Robots, Vehicles, Community or Open Creation, that catch- all place for creations that didn’t fit in any other group. Children competed against their age peers in six different age classes. Winners in each age class and category were awarded first, second and third place ribbons.

The Grand Prize winner of the Contest was chosen by popular vote and was awarded to 10 year-old Ambrose H., creator of the Panda Bear. This amazing work of art featured a six-inch tall panda bear enjoying his bamboo, sitting on a grassy beach beside a little creek framed by
standing bamboo. Other notable creations included the Boeing 737-800 mentioned above, the TARDIS (it’s larger on the inside!), and a detailed ski hill scene from the Sochi Olympics. Check out the event video at: vimeo.com/87355725, created by long-time Wildwood community member, Richard Cairns, to see more of these amazing creations.

Members of SALUG, the Southern Alberta Lego Users Group, were there again this year. Ben of Bensbricks.ca brought his version of Lego mini- figures. Only, his mini-figures are three feet tall and
are composed of over 7,000 bricks! There were trains, planes, buildings and spaceships, even a musical score mosaic, all created by adults. Thank you SALUG for inspiring all of us to build.

Bricks4Kidz also came back for a return visit with their deep tubs of Lego to entertain the young ones so that their families could walk, talk and vote for their favorite creations. Bricks4Kidz run Lego-themed workshops and parties for kids of all ages.

Congratulations to all the contestants! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this year’s event a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! A big thank you to the Wildwood Community Association for their support and enthusiasm for this event. For more photos, visit www.icloud.com/photostream/#A45oqs3qnoblC, by Wildwood resident Frank Bergdoll.

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