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Youth Invited to Enter Essay Contest with Garden, Forest Theme

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension and organizers of the Portland Flower Show invite Maine youth ages 6-18 to write a garden or forest fairy tale for the flower show’s eighth annual student essay contest.

In 150 or fewer words, entrants are asked to create a fairy tale in a forest or garden setting that includes magical people, animals or plants. An original picture or illustration may be included with the essay. Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of three age categories (6-9, 10-13 and 14-18). Essays will be judged on creativity, focus and passion for the topic.

Winning essayists will be invited to the Portland Flower Show opening night preview Wednesday, March 5. Selected essays will be posted for the public to read during the rest of the show, which will be March 6-9, at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland.

For more information, including contest rules and an application, contact the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County at 800.287.1471 or or visit or

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