PA Farm Bureau to conduct several youth activities this summer

Are your kids tired of summer already? Well, The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has several events planned for the upcoming months. Two contests are planned for area youth with a chance to win prizes and a day camp is scheduled for August. All the events are centered around safety.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is conducting a safety essay contest for youth ages 16 to 18-years-old.
Individuals are asked to write an essay on the topic of “Safety at work and play”. The essay should contain a minimum of 200 and a maximum of 300 words. The deadline to enter is July 22.
Prizes will be awarded at the county level with first place taking home $15, second place receiving $10 and third place receiving $5.
The winning essay at the county level will be sent to Camp Hill to be entered in the state contest. Three state winners will be chosen who will each receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is also offering a safety poster drawing and slogan contest for the younger kids.
The county contest is for youth 15-years-old and under. Age groups are eight-years-old and under, nine to 12-years-old and 13 to 15 years of age.
This year’s theme is “Safety at work and play”.
Children are asked to submit a drawing on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. The picture must be in color and the drawing should include a slogan of 10 words or less, which address the theme.
Prizes will be awarded at the county level in each age group. First place will take home $15, second place receives $10 and third place receives $5.
Any child may enter the contest, deadline for receiving entries is July 22. Posters may be mailed or hand delivered to Jerry Bechtel, RD1 Box 513, Martinsburg, PA 16662 or Mrs. Frank Long, RD1 Box 441, Tyrone, PA 16686.
Winners will be given recognition in the county newsletter and receive their prize money at the annual meeting on October 4.
Drawings are to be originals, tracing is not permitted. Also, no collages or three dimensional items will be accepted.
First place winners in each age group will be forwarded to Camp Hill for the state contest. Nine winners will be selected, three from each age category, who will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. A grand prize winner will also be selected.
Winners will be announced in the Country Focus.
All entries, for both contests, must include the entrant’s name, address, social security number, county, age and parent’s name on the last page.
Area youth are also invited to attend Blair County Farm Bureau’s Farm/Home Safety Day Camp for ages seven to 16.
The camp is scheduled for Friday, August 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Morrison Cove Memorial Park, Pavilion No. 2.
PFB explains in its newsletter that he farm is many things to rural children, it’s their home, their playground and often their workplace.
But, there are also many hazards associated with it. To help children understand these hazards, the Farm/Home Safety Day Camp has been organized with help from various local businesses.
Some topics that will be covered include tractor rollovers and PTO entanglements, animal safety, skid steer safety and bike safety.
Sponsors for this event include PASHA, AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians, Altoona Hospital Regional Trauma Center, Blair County Farm Bureau, Conemaugh Regional Trauma Center, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Southcentral PA AHEC and the Williamsburg Farm Show.
The cost for registration is $3 per child or $5 per family. Registration must be received by August 5.
For more information, call 814-941-0782.