April 05, 2011 11:06 ET

San Diego's New Mascot Competition Gains Momentum With 31 Entries to Date

Winner to Be Announced at the End of April

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - The competition to choose the new face of San Diego is heating up with more than thirty creative designs received from amateur artists of all ages and new entries coming in daily, according to contest coordinators at

San Diegans were asked to send in designs that best summed up the county as a whole, and the positive impact it would produce for San Diego. So far, entries consist of a variety of rough drawings and computer-generated images ranging from Tony the Taco and Pepper Pete, to a surfing horny toad and a robber carrying a bag full of San Diego 'swag.'

"This competition is unlike any other, not only because it is searching for a city symbol, but because of the concerted effort to include representatives of all ages to take part in this exciting event," said Jerome Foder, vice president of operations at

Angelo Carrasco is the competition's youngest entrant who sent in an image depicting a stiff-haired baboon saying, "San Diego's Wild!" Margie Trout and Ramon Pena, a creative duo in the age 15-18 category, submitted a surfing squirrel. Art students from Muirlands Middle School in La Jolla are drawing mascots in class and their designs will soon be displayed with the other entries at Click on the "View Samples" button to see all entries to date.

Then there is Tony Fantano, representing the 22-and-up category, who resubmitted a photo of the famous San Diego Chicken. According to Fantano, San Diego's original mascot is alive and well and should never be replaced since it is "the best mascot in the history of mascots."

The deadline for submissions is April 27 at 11:59 p.m. Between April 29 and May 3, a panel of San Diego business and civic leaders will select the top two entries per age category and visitors to will vote via an online poll for an additional two finalists.

Category winners will be announced on May 11 and each will win $500.

After these semi-finalists are announced, the judges will pick the grand prize winner and an awards ceremony will take place for all winners on May 19.

For more information on The San Diego Mascot Competition, visit

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