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Russian/American Motorsports Festival wants to rev up sponsors for the inaugural combination hot rod race and concert to be held next year in Moscow (July 4 to 6) and St. Petersburg (July 11 to 13). The events include car races sanctioned by the Hot Rod Association and the Paramilitary & Technical Sports Organization of Russia, auto demonstrations and a three-day concert in each city. Included: on-site and in-program presence, product sampling and international media coverage. Cost: $100,000 to $2 million. 1320 Inc., Indianapolis, coordinates. Contact: (317) 259-7572.

World Beach Basketball Tournament Tour is scouting national sponsors for its annual tour of North America's beaches this March through November. The on-sand games, culminating in the World Beach Basketball Championships Nov. 2 and 3 in Gulf Shores, Ala., offer on-site signage, and product and promotion opportunities. Cost: $4,000 to $330,000. World Beach Basketball Association, Orange Beach, Ala., coordinates. Contact: (201) 628-7499.

Janus Jazz Aspen at Snowmass wants to tune in co-sponsors for its sixth annual series of events expected to draw more than 60,000 to hear top jazz artists from June through September at Snowmass Village, Colo. In addition to new title sponsor Janus Funds, co-sponsors are sought for banner placement, stage presence and product sampling. Cost: $12,500 to $100,000. Contact: (970) 920-4996.

Vintage Virginia '96, Vienna, Va., seeks sponsors for its 15th annual festival of wineries slated for June 1 and 2, expected to draw more than 45,000 upscale participants. Included: on-site presence, product promotion and corporate hospitality. Cost: $1,000 to $30,000. Onboard: Bausch & Lomb, Continental Airlines and Crown Books Corp. Contact: (703) 827-8771.

Bluebird Festival, Wills Point, Texas, wants to pair up with one exclusive title sponsor for the third annual nature festival, April 12 and 13. Sponsorship includes on-site presence at events expected to attract more than 5,000 participants at one of the nation's largest bluebird centers. Cost: $25,000. The Wills Point Chamber of Commerce coordinates. Contact: (800) WPBLU BIRD.

Kate Fitzgerald coordinates Events & Promotions. Reach us by fax at (312) 649-5331 or e-mail address K8FITZ@aol.com.

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