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2017 Ag is Cool Creative Expression Contest

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting entries for the 2017 “Agriculture is Cool!” Creative Expression Contest. Children enrolled in school or home schooled in Ohio during the 2016-2017 academic year have until June 5, 2017 to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for their chance to win prizes, including tickets to the Ohio State Fair.

“Ag is Cool!” entries, which can include an original video, photograph, drawing or painting, will be judged in the following age categories. One winner from each age group and category will be chosen:

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

Entries will be judged by a panel that may include representatives from the Office of Gov. John Kasich, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State Fair and professionals in the areas of video production, photography, drawing, painting and other visual arts. Judging will be based on the student’s visual representation of the “Ag is Cool!” theme, if it accurately reflects 21st century agriculture, use of Ohio images, creativity and quality of work. Here are the Ag is Cool rules and entry form

Winners of the art contest will be recognized by the Office of Governor Kasich and other state officials at the Ohio State Fair July 26, 2017.

Ag is Cool for 4th graders
To see what makes agriculture cool, students in the fourth grade during the 2016-2017 academic year and a chaperone can attend the state fair any one day for free simply by presenting their report card at the entry gate. Better yet? Participants can win a $500 scholarship by writing an essay about what they learned.

Ohio Department of Agriculture’s website has profiles of past winners.

Don’t forget to stop by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. The exhibit is located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building, just east of the giant slide.

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.