Every spring, Barn Keepers partners with McLean County 4-H / University of Illinois Extension on a contest celebrating the multi-generational connections to Corn Belt farming and its historically priceless old barns. The purpose of the contest is to get 4-H kids ages eight to eighteen to tell the story of a McLean County barn. The student identifies an adult (such as a grandparent, friend of the family, neighbor, etc.) who has knowledge of a McLean County Barn built more than fifty years ago, and then interviews that person and perhaps others to learn more about the barn’s unique history.
Projects are submitted in a three-ring binder and usually include photographs, copies of plat map sections showing the barn, a brief written history, and other supporting material.
Each entry receives $20, and the top three (as judged by an ad hoc committee of Barn Keepers board members) receive prize money of $100, $75, and $50 respectively. Entries are usually submitted no later than July 1. Barn Keepers then displays the prize winners at our information table during the McLean County 4-H Fair.
Look for details in the spring of 2020! If you have questions, contact Barn Keepers board member Ron Ropp at email@example.com.
(Images from Ashley Miller’s 2019 first-place entry on Jo Morrison’s “Old Rugged Barn” outside of Towanda)