Ever since mid-December, crayons have been pulled from their boxes, and imaginations have flowed out onto a sketch of a wolf for the Aiken Standard’s “Peter and the Wolf” coloring contest. And now, the efforts of three children have paid off.

Connor McKinney, from the 5 and under category, Tucker Samaha, from the ages 6 to 8 category, and Ivon Villegas, from the ages 9 to 12 category, have been chosen as winners of the Standard’s “Peter and the Wolf” coloring contest.

The show will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center. The winners will receive show tickets for their immediate family and themselves, as well as have their works displayed in the center’s lobby.

All contest submissions will be displayed in an photo gallery at www.aikenstandard.com.

Created in 1936 by Sergei Prokofiev, the “Peter and the Wolf” symphony is designed to teach children about the orchestra.

Put on through Aiken Performing Arts Group, the popular concert shows Peter traveling out to a meadow, against his grandfather’s wishes, and defeating – with the help of a bird – the wolf he encounters there.

Each character is represented by a different instrument: strings for Peter; the horns for the Wolf; the bassoon for the Grandfather; the flute for the Bird; the oboe for the Duck; the clarinet for the Cat and the drums and tympani for the Hunters.

Dr. Donald Portnoy, USC conductor and music director, will conduct the Orchestra of the Midlands. Guest performers Suzuki Strings of Augusta will join the orchestra group during the concert, while also performing the lobby before the show.

Dr. Fred Andrea from First Baptist Church will be on the side, narrating the story.

Carrie Power, East Aiken School of the Arts art teacher, will sit at an easel and sketch out the scenes.

At the end of the show, the audience is invited to meet the musicians and touch the instruments.

“It’s a wonderful learning experience,” Thomas Hofstetter, chairman emeritus of APAG, said. “Last year, a number of adults – parents, grandparents, as well as people interested in hearing beautiful music – attended. It’s a lot of fun, a beautiful concert for everyone involved.” Other songs to be performed are “The Star Spangled Banner,” Aaron Copeland’s “Hoedown” from the “Rodeo” ballet and American tunes such as “Turkey in the Straw. The orchestra and strings groups will also collaborate on two additional pieces.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 18 and younger. They can be purchased by calling the Etherredge box office at 641-3305, the URS Theatre box office at 648-1438 or by visiting www.apagonline.org.