By Fred Woods

The Lee County Farm-City Committee has announced its annual poster, essay and multimedia contests. The common theme for each of the three contests is “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.”
Participation is based on school grade level and is being promoted through public and private schools as well as home school organizations.
Each entry must be completed by an individual student. Group entries are not permitted. Posters must be horizontal, no greater than 28 inches (length) and 22 inches (height) and no smaller than 14 inches (length) and 11 inches (height.) Other rules and regulations as well as entry forms can be found at  under “documents.”
The deadline for all entries is 4:30 p.m. (CDT) Oct. 21. All entries should be turned in to the Lee County Extension Office at 600 S. 7th St. in Opelika.
For posters there are two grade divisions, K-3 and 4-6. For each grade division first prize is $25 and second is $15.
Essays also have two grade divisions, 7-9 and 10-12. First prize for each division is $50 and second is $25.
For multimedia there is only one division, grades 9-12. First and second prizes are $50 and $25 respectively.
The teacher of each first place winner will also receive an award.
Each first place winner, along with his/her parents and teacher will be invited to the Lee County Farm-City Banquet Nov. 21, at Lazenby Farm to be recognized and presented with their monetary awards.
In addition, Lee County first place winning entries will be submitted to the state contest. In the state contests awards increase to $200 and $100 for first and second in the poster contest and $300 and $200 for first and second in the other two contests.