Parents looking for ways to keep their children busy this summer need look no further than their backyard.
To commemorate the national Farm-City Week, the Lincoln County Cooperative Extension is hosting youth photo contest for elementary, middle and high school students.
â€œWe decided to do something different this year,â€ said Josh Beam, area agriculture agent with the Cooperative Extension.
Children are invited to grab their camera explore and capture the countyâ€™s agriculture.
â€œItâ€™s an opportunity to give kids a project this summer while the crops are in,â€ said Crystal Gettys, Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce membership services and Farm City committee member.
Those who enter are encouraged to include five photos of different agriculture. Categories include fruits, vegetables, forestry, dairy, farm animals, field crops, farm buildings and equipment and green industries such as sod farm, greenhouse, nurseries, etc.
Although five entries is suggested, that number is mandatory, said Beam.
â€œThey can send in as many as they want,â€ he said.
In past, the Farm-City celebration only included a cooking contest. While the event will most likely continue the cooking competition, this yearâ€™s subcommittee felt the photo contest would reach a broader spectrum of people.
â€œWe didnâ€™t get a lot of kid participation from the food competition,â€ said Beam. â€œWe want them to get out and see as much as they can.â€
The deadline for entries is Sept. 18. Competitors should include a brief description with each entry and location of the shot, as well as their name, address, phone number and age division with each photo.
Photos can be mailed or delivered to the Lincoln County Extension Office, Attn: Josh Beam, 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Winners will announced at the annual Farm-City Week Banquet on Nov. 13 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Beam said there will be a first-, second- and third-place winner in each age division.
So far, awards include savings bonds from Carolina Trust and First Citizens banks and gift cards from Wal-Mart.
For more information on the Farm-City Week Photo Contest, contact the Extension Office at (704) 736-8452.
by Mary Williams