Attention 4-H Members OLD BARN CONTEST Sponsored by Barn Keepers. Each entry will receive $20 Top prize $100

PURPOSE OF CONTEST: Tell the story of a McLean County Barn


PROJECT OUTLINE: Find an adult who has knowledge of a McLean County Barn built over fifty years ago. Interview that adult or others where possible to learn about the story of that barn.

  • Where the barn is located, or was located if the barn no longer exists
  • When was it built? You may want to relate some historic events or references to determine the age.
  • Include pictures, as it exists now and if you can find some, from the barn’s past.
  • Explain how the barn was used. Many old barns were built for one purpose, but the use may have changed over the years.
  • Name the family who lived there when it was built and any other families since.
  • If possible draw a map of the inside spaces.
  • Relate any stories about things that happened in or around the barn and the families that lived there.
  • Add any impressions you have about your research or interviews.
  • Make two copies of your report, one for your records and one for the Barn Keepers to add to the permanent files at the McLean County History Museum.
  • Submit your story in a three-ring binder. Please put pictures in protective sleeves.
  • The story should be a minimum of 750 words, but no more than 2500, using a font no smaller than 10.
  • Each entry will receive $20
  • Top 3 will receive: 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 (only one entry per 4-H member)
  • Submit your entry no later than July 1, 2019 to McLean County Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704
  • Barn Keepers will judge entries and decisions will be final
  • Contact Ron Ropp with questions at rjroppbarn@gmail.com or phone him at 309-212-2456