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Giant visitor coming to Aylesbury this summer

Name the Giant

Published at 7:00pm 6th April 2019.

A giant puppet will be an addition to Aylesbury's WhizzFizzFest this summer.

The extremely popular festival is back on 22 June.

Now, there's another chance for kids to be involved.

Standing at five metres tall, two metres wide, and made from a combination of metal, wood and assorted textiles, festival goers won't be able to miss the incredible, mechanically-powered giant puppet.

Created by the talented Outdoor Arts company, Festive Road, the Giant will be attending in prime position next to Aylesbury Market Square's clock tower and will be overseeing all the day's fantastic activities as well as the festival's ever-popular parade.

Already over 20 schools are signed up to take part in the colourful parade and the local school children are busy crafting a fantastic array of smaller puppets to carry.

As the parade passes through the town and around Market Square, the Giant will be there to give them all a warm welcoming wave.

The competition

WhizzFizzFest - Start of parade
WhizzFizzFest in 2018

Designed and dressed ready for a day of whizzfizzing fun, all the festival's new friend is missing is a name!

Throughout April, WhizzFizzFest is running a 'Name the Giant' online competition, inviting all WhizzFizzFest enthusiasts to send in their name suggestions.

The prize draw is open to everyone and there is no restriction on the number of entries that can be made, meaning it's the perfect opportunity to get imaginative and creative.

The winner will not only receive a family ticket to Gulliver's Land Milton Keynes, but will also see their suggested name included on the Giant for all to see and join the creators behind the scenes on the big day.

Martine Frost, Festive Road Executive Director, commented:

"We're excited to be working with WhizzFizzFest and having the opportunity to use our unique skills to 'bring to life' our mechanically-powered, giant puppet. Our fusion of art and engineering brings imagination and technology together in ingenious and creative ways.

"We pride ourselves on our art being participatory and accessible to all and this competition to name the Giant is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Good luck to everyone who enters!"

The competition closes on Tuesday 30 April with the winner being chosen and notified on Friday 3 May. For more information and to enter the competition, follow @WhizzFizzFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or alternatively you can visit: www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk/namethegiant.

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