Sponsor & ST booths at Star carnival

Be a good sport while you are having fun at the Star concert carnival - give your best wishes to Singapore Olympians. Two current and one former Singapore Olympian have set aside time to meet and greet concertgoers at the July 15 extravaganza.

They are paralympic equestrian riders Maximillian Tan, 24, Gemma Rose Foo, 16, who will represent Singapore in the upcoming Paralympic Games, and sprinter Calvin Kang, 22, who competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

You can catch them at The Straits Times Sports booth, where you will also have the chance to pit your athletic abilities against them... on a game of Wii.

The Sports booth is one of several that concertgoers can visit to get to better know their daily newspaper. At one booth, for example, concertgoers can get their photo taken and one of the Straits Times' artists will draw in a cartoon background for each picture (above, left) at $10 a pop. They will be drawing caricatures (above, right) at the booth as well.

The newspaper's photographers will take pictures of concertgoers which will be printed onto a mock Straits Times masthead as though their picture has made front page news. The caricature and masthead picture will cost $15 each.

All money collected at The Straits Times booths will be donated to the School Pocket Money Fund, which will have a carnival booth as well, selling memorabilia such as Blue Boy coin banks for $2 to $8.

There is more fun for newspaper readers too - in a contest where visitors write a headline for a picture. Writers of the top five humorous headlines on the day each win a $50 voucher.

If you need some headline tips, keep an eye out for Straits Times journalists Sumiko Tan, Rohit Brijnath and Tan Hsueh Yun, who will be mingling with concertgoers throughout the event.

Star Concert sponsors will have booths at the concert as well.

To mark The Straits Times' 167th birthday, electronics giant Panasonic will be giving out 167 prizes in a lucky draw. Top prizes include a $2,599 Viera 42-inch TV, a fridge worth $1,099, an $899 washer, a $369 Blu-Ray player and a $199 Lumix camera. To enter, bring along an eco-pledge sticker from the front page of the July 15 The Sunday Times newspaper. Go to the Panasonic booth and write a personal pledge of how you will help protect the environment.

These will be pasted on a Panasonic pledge board and your contact information entered into the lucky draw. Winners of the five top prizes will be announced at the carnival.

Over at the Resorts World Sentosa booth, be greeted by a Durian mascot in honour of the RWS Durian Fest, an all-you-can-eat durian buffet at the Hard Rock Hotel at RWS on July 27 from 7 to 9pm and 9 to 11pm.

At the booth, you can collect durianshaped fans and information about RWS Invites, a non-casino loyalty programme. On sign-up, members will receive a welcome package which may include items such as a 60-minute massage worth $200 at the resort's Espa wellness sanctuary.

The banks are also in on the carnival action, with Standard Chartered offering a goodie bag that includes a portable umbrella and $167 worth of dining vouchers, but only for its credit card-holders, while stocks last.

To redeem the goodie bag, download the Standard Chartered Good Life app to your iPhone or iPad and flash the app together with your credit card.

Visitors to the Singapore Flyer booth will get a sneak peek of its upcoming Halloween Fright Fest, a movie-themed Halloween experience at the Flyer over three weekends in October.

Car brand Volkswagen has an environmental drive at its Think Blue carnival booth, offering information on ways to boost car efficiency. This is one booth where taking a photo is not a snap - its camera needs to be fully charged and you have to get on a bike connected to a power generator to charge the battery.

But if all you really want to do is get into the concert spirit, merchandise such as posters and CDs for concert headliners 4Minute, Tanya Chua, Boys Like Girls and more will be on sale at carnival booths as well.