Create and Send! Contest for Classrooms: Make Decorations for Musher Banquet

Teaching Volunteerism

The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it. 

Your students can join the team as “Official Classroom” Volunteers!

Enter the annual Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the tables at the Mushers Drawing Banquet.

Deadline to send your decoration idea:  November 15

Winning classrooms will be notified on or before November 25.

Create!  Send!  Be an important part of Iditarod!


  • Provide your students with an opportunity to be involved in a service learning project.  You can’t always be somewhere ‘physically’, but what you can do is help to create an environment for this exciting event.  Be with us through your students’ art and creative endeavors.

  • Remember, keep your design SIMPLE– for inexpensive mailing and ease of set up at the banquet.  Easy, ready to go freestanding designs will be selected.  Designs that are complicated or will require multiple steps in setting up on the tables, or extra volunteer time to help set up, won’t meet the criteria for this contest.  Think SIMPLE!  Be CREATIVE!

  • Centerpieces should not be taller than 8 inches and should be free standing.  They should be ONE piece maximum when put together.  The design should not require additional set up or building once it arrives in Alaska.  On the submission form, submit an image (photo) or sketch of your design.

  • Classroom winners are announced in December.  Decorations must arrive in Alaska in early February.  All shipping costs are the responsibility of the winning schools.  Ship early!  Keep designs light and simple!

Click below to download the submission form:  

Musher Banquet Table Centerpiece Contest (word)

Musher Banquet Table Centerpiece Contest (PDF)

 Take a look at some of our past winners!


2014 Table Tops

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All photos in this gallery are by Iditarod Trail Committee. Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the photographer.