4-H'ers are urged to capture classic barns in soybean art Do you have a favorite barn? One that's quaint and full of character? Think it qualifies as a work of art?
South Dakota 4-H members are on the look out for classic barns in the state to re-create using soybean crayons.
The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is sponsoring the art contest and will produce a full color commemorative Classic Barns of South Dakota calendar for the year 2000 from the 4-H members' barn entries created with soybean crayons.
The contest offers a great prize package, with entrants eligible for cash awards ranging from $100 to $300 in three different categories (beginners: ages 8-10; junior: ages 11-12; and senior: ages 14 and older). In addition, each of the 4-H clubs represented by the nine winners will receive cash prizes from $50 to $150.
Participating 4-H members also have the option of selling the calendars as a fund-raising project.
The first 1,000 4-H members who enter the contest will receive a free box of soybean crayons for their project. Soybean crayons are made with 85 percent soybean oil and have a brighter color than traditional petroleum-based crayons. Blending is also easier with the soybean-based crayons. One bushel of soybeans will make 2,112 crayons.
To enter, 4-H members must produce their own original soybean crayon drawing of a South Dakota barn or barn scene on any 81/2 by 11-inch paper. Only soybean crayons may be used for coloring.
4-H members may submit only one drawing and it must include a completed "official entry blank," available from local 4-H leaders, Extension offices or the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Entries must be received by Oct. 1.
Entries should be mailed to: Classic Barns of South Dakota Art Contest, c/o South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, 3801 S. Western Avenue, Suite 105, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.