Barn Keepers annual student contest, celebrates Corn Belt
Every spring, Barn Keepers partners with McLean County 4-H / University of Illinois Extension to host a contest celebrating the multi-generational connections to Corn Belt farming and its historically priceless old barns.
We want 4-H youth to share the story of a McLean County barn. Look for details here, in the spring of 2022! The contest is open to students ages 8 to 18. First, the student identifies an adult (such as a grandparent, friend of the family, neighbor) who has knowledge of a McLean County Barn.
To be eligible for the contest, the barn must have been constructed at least fifty years ago. Next, the student researches about the barn — including conducting an interview with that adult, and possibly others, to learn more about the barn’s unique history.
- Projects must be submitted in a three-ring binder.
- Projects can include photographs, copies of plat map sections showing the barn, a brief written history, and other supporting materials.
- First Prize is $100. Second prize gets $75, and third prize $50. Projects are judged by a committee of Barn Keepers board members.
- Entries should be submitted by July 1.
- Barn Keepers then displays the prize winners at our information table during the McLean County 4-H Fair.
- Questions about contest: Please contact Barn Keepers board member Ron Ropp at email@example.com.