Essay contest being held with Strawberry Festival

Photo: Darryl Treat, Searcy County Grandview community, via Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce Facebook

Entries are being sought for a student essay contest to be held in conjunction with the historic Strawberry Festival in Marshall on May 1 at the berry shed.

The contest is open to all public and homeschooled students.

First-place prize is $150, second place $100 and third place $50.

Entries must be received by April 10 to be considered for a prize. Winners will be announced at the Strawberry Festival.

Students are to interview locals who were involved in the area’s former strawberry days, either from the farmer, merchant, or citizen point of view.

Example questions:
– What was it like to raise strawberries?
– What was the best part about raising strawberries?
– What was it like to pick strawberries?
– How important was the strawberry industry to you as a picker, a grower, or a merchant?
– What was the hardest part about raising strawberries?
– What was the best part about raising strawberries?
– Do you remember any funny stories from the strawberry days?
– What do you remember about the strawberry festivals?
– What was the greatest strawberry picker you ever heard of?
– How many quarts per day could you pick?
– Do you have stories about making strawberry preserves, strawberry shortcakes, etc.?
– Do you miss the strawberry days?
– What did you spend your strawberry picking money on?
– What varieties of strawberries did you pick?
– Or any other interesting strawberry history.

The Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the Searcy County Senior Center, and the essay contest is sponsored by the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

Essays should be mailed to

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