Winner spotlight: Sophia Diggs-Galligan

Meet Sophia Diggs-Galligan. She garnered both a Kids Poetry Contest first place ribbon for her age group and the first place prize over all for her poem “The Farmer.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges.

The video shows Sophia reading her poem and keeping tremendous poise among the hubbub of the fair. Microphone assistance came from Kid Power‘s Grant Elliott and American Sign Language interpretation was courtesy of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. A transcript of the poem follows the jump. Continue reading “Winner spotlight: Sophia Diggs-Galligan”

Winner spotlight: Rachel Epstein-Shuman

We are pleased to introduce you to Rachel Epstein-Shuman, who took home a first place ribbon in the Kids Poetry Contest with “On the Steps of My Garden.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges.

The video shows Rachel reading her poem on the morning of the fair, with microphone assistance from Kid Power‘s Grant Elliott and American Sign Language interpretation courtesy of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. A transcript of the poem follows the jump.

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Winner spotlight: Vivienne Rioux-Bailey

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We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Vivienne Rioux-Bailey, who took home a second place ribbon in the Kids Poetry Contest with her poem “Everybody Knows About Carrots.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges (PDF).

Many thanks to Kid Power DC for their sponsorship of the contest!

Without further ado, here is the poem:

Vivienne Rioux-Bailey – Second Place, grades 4 and 5

Everybody Knows About Carrots

My cats Ping and Pong love them
While my friend despises them!
While a witch is putting them in her pot,
My mom’s probably not!
Carrots are good for your eyes.
They have a nice crunch and munch
While you’re training for your punch.
They’re crunchy like a Kit Kat
But healthy as can be (like peas)!
Crazy, crunchy cool as can be
A vicious and nutritious snack
A pop-in-the-mouth snack
So convenient my mother says
I like to say, “A carrot a day keeps the doctor away.”
Carrots are a nice and juicy snack for the road.
“Got Carrots” is a phrase you should say–especially today.
Remember bright stuff is always good for you, so EAT UP!

 Photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo

Kids’ Poetry Contest deadline extended

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As our blog readers know, this year the DC State Fair is thrilled to offer two contests just for kids. And now the Kids’ Poetry Contest deadline has been extended to Friday, September 7! Yes, DC kids from Kindergarten to junior high age have an extra week to enter a poem (or create a brand new one) on the theme of vegetables or gardens.

Want to enter this or the Kids’ Art Contest with the theme “My Neighborhood”? Keep reading!

Kids’ Poetry Contest

The DC State Fair is proud to host the 2012 Kids’ Poetry Contest in partnership with Kid Power DC (www.kidpowerdc.org). Thanks to Writopia Lab DC (www.writopialab.org/writopia-washington-dc.html) for their help with the contest.

All kids who live in the city of Washington, DC and are entering kindergarten through 10th grade are eligible to enter. Read the guidelines below and then fill out the entry form.

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Kids’ Art and Writing contests

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Calling all creative kids! The 2012 DC State Fair has two new contests just for the young ‘uns: The Kids’ Poetry Contest and the Kids’ Art Contest. Check them out and start spreading the word!

Kids’ Poetry Contest – For kids living in DC and entering kindergarten through 10th grade. Deadline: August 31, 2012. UPDATE: Deadline extended to Friday, September 7, 2012.

The DC State Fair is proud to host the 2012 Kids’ Poetry Contest in partnership with Kid Power DC. Thanks to Writopia Lab DC for their help with the contest. All kids who live in the city of Washington, DC and are entering kindergarten through 10th grade are eligible to enter. Read the guidelines below and then fill out the entry form.

2012 Kids’ Poetry Contest Guidelines

Poems can be up to 20 lines, in any style.

The theme should be vegetables or gardens. The poem does not have to completely focus on these topics. Be creative! Judges will choose winners from five different age groups (based on the grade the writer will enter in fall 2012).

How to submit (your choice!):

A) Electronic submissions (preferred method) — Cut and paste your poem into the entry form OR

B) Mail submissions — Send your typed or neatly hand-written poem to:

Kid Power DC, Inc.
Attn: Poetry Contest
755 8th Street NW Washington, DC 20001

Deadline to fill out the form or postmark your entry: Friday, August 31, 2012, at 4 PM Winners will win prizes and the chance to have their poems published on the DC State Fair and Kid Power DC websites. Winning writers will also be invited to read their work at the DC State Fair on Saturday, September 22.

Entering this contest is FREE!

To enter online, go to the entry form.

Kids’ Art Contest – For kids living in DC and entering kindergarten through 9th grade. Deadline: September 22 (at the Fair)

DC State Fair is proud to host the 2012 Kids Art Contest in partnership with Kid Power DC. All kids who live in the city of Washington DC and are entering kindergarten through 9th grade are eligible to enter. The artwork should include dried beans and found objects. (No need to buy any special art supplies!) So pick up a bag of black-eyed peas and a used penny–or any other beans and found objects–and start creating.

2012 Kids Art Contest Guidelines

Theme: “My Neighborhood” Art must include found objects (for example, coins or a twist tie) and dried beans (for example, black-eyed peas or kidney beans) to qualify. Feel free to use any additional materials you would like. Art can be 2 or 3 dimensional.

Contest winners will be judged on: Creativity (30%) Originality (30%) Relevance to theme: “My Neighborhood” (30%) Use of found objects and Legumes (10%)

All entries must be submitted at the Fair on Saturday, September 22, 2012 (drop-off and judging time to be determined). Be sure to sign up for the State of the Fair Newsletter, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog to find out details about this fall’s Fair! There will be a prize for each age group and the winners will be displayed on the Kid Power DC and DC State Fair websites. All entries must be picked up by the close of the State Fair if the artist wishes to keep them.

Entering this contest is FREE!

To enter, go to the entry form.