Are you between 9 and 21 years of age? Do you know someone in that range? Are they a current or former 4-H member? If so, tell them to tap out an essay about their most memorable experience in 4-H. It just might earn them cash money. The only catch is that time is now running short. Entries must be postmarked by this Friday, April 15.
It's all part of the youth essay contest sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer and CountryMark, suppliers of petroleum products, and Indiana's only American-owned petroleum company. Last year's contest about favorite pets on the farm produced an entry so good that the winner, Ethan Dougherty, Greenwood, was featured on the cover of Indiana Prairie Farmer last year, along with his pet pig, Wilbur, and his brother, Matt.
There's no guarantee you'll wind up on the cover- that's at the discretion of the editor. But the winner in this contest will earn $250. Second place gets $150, and third and fourth place finishers will receive $50 each. Award money is supplied by CountryMark.
Susan Hayhurst, a Terre Haute farmwife and free-lance writer for Indiana Prairie Farmer, is in charge of the contest. She and her family selected this year's theme- describe a memorable 4-H experience. The theme for the 2012 contest has already been determined. It will be 'share your favorite FFA memory.'
Essays must be original work, and should be between 250 and 350 words in length. Include the applicant's name, address, including town and zip code, phone number and email address in a cover letter. Entries postmarked by April 15 should be sent to: Susan Hayhurst, 14477 S. Carlisle Street, Terre Haute IN 47802. A team of qualified judges with knowledge about agriculture, including 4-H, will determine the winners.
Decision of the judges is final. Indiana Prairie Farmer reserves the right to publish any essays submitted without compensation. There is also no guarantee that essays will be published.
Look for information about the winners in the July issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer. Of course, it will be more fun if your name, or a child's or grandchild's name, winds up amongst those listed as winners in that issue. Unless they enter, that can't happen. So get your young 4-H enthusiast busy, and have them enter the contest by this Friday.