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June 13, 2013

Wilder Homestead sponsors essay contest

BURKE — Elementary students are being encouraged to enter an essay contest, with the winners named this year’s honorary Almanzo Wilder and Laura Ingalls-Wilder.

The winners will be determined by the Education Committee of the Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association and will attend special events that the group sponsors at the Wilder Homestead in Burke.

Entrants must be 9 or 10 years old and have read the entire book “Farmer Boy,” by Ingalls-Wilder.

The essay, “A Day in My Life,” must be a 175-to-225-word paper; children are asked to use their imagination to write about a typical day had they lived on a farm 150 years ago.

The paper can include what their family was like and the chores on the farm, the animals and pets that might be there, what foods were eaten and what fun things were there to do.

Essays must be postmarked by June 21 and mailed to the Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association, P.O. Box 283, Malone, NY 12953.

Each entry should include the child’s name, gender, school, grade, teacher, parents’ names and contact information, including a telephone number and address. Students who are home schooled are welcome to enter the contest, too.

Parents will be asked to complete a permission form before the winners are determined, and each winner should be able to attend the Children’s Art Gala on July 6, the schoolhouse dedication ceremony on Aug. 28, the Harvest Festival/Civil War encampment on Sept. 29 and Christmas with Almanzo on Dec. 1.

For more information, visit almanzowilderfarm.com or call 483-1207.

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