Ohio Department of Agriculture launches ‘Ag is Cool’ state fair contest

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In addition to an educational program that will showcase Ohio agriculture for fourth-graders, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is launching an “Ag is Cool!” multimedia contest.

Ohio school children can share their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for a chance to win free tickets to the Ohio State Fair, Brad Paisley concert tickets and other prizes.

The contest complements a program announced earlier this year that would allow fourth-graders and a chaperone to get into the state fair for free by showing a report card.

Ohio Farm Bureau is partnering in the effort, which will provide fourth-graders with a passport that guides them along a “learning adventure” through agricultural exhibits. Children who visit at least four of the stations will be eligible to enter a scholarship contest by submitting an essay describing what they learned during their experience. Judges will award four prizes at a value of $500 each.

The program is intended to show kids the many opportunities available in agriculture.

The multimedia contest will be open to all school children and include video, photography, drawing, and painting entries in the following age categories, with one winner from each age group and category:

Grades K-2: Photography, Drawing or Painting

Grades 3-5: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting

Grades 6-8: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting

Grades 9-12: Video, Photography, Drawing or Painting

Grades 2-12: Video as a group project

All entries will be judged by representatives from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Governor, the Ohio Expo Center, and professional consultants in the areas of video production, photography, drawing, painting and other visual arts.  Judging will be based on the visual representation of the “Ag is Cool” theme, if it accurately reflects 21st century agriculture, creativity and use of Ohio images and quality of work. Contest winners will be notified no later than July 20.

Award winners will be recognized by the Office of the Governor and other state officials at the Ohio State Fair  July 27 at 12 p.m., at the Taste of Ohio Café. Winners will receive two, one-day passes for free admission to the Ohio State Fair, two tickets to see Brad Paisley, and other prizes.

For more information, visit the “Ag Is Cool!” program website.

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