The best money you could likely make this spring might be the couple of hours you spend writing an essay for the Indiana Prairie Farmer and CountryMark essay contest. Just like tax day, the deadline is approaching. Your entries must be in the mail and postmarked by Monday, April 15.
Youth contestants can write 240 to 300 words about his or her favorite adventure in a barn, whether it's the barn at home or a show barn at the county fair. Top prize is $250, with second place winning $150, and 3rd and 4th place receiving $50 each.
The stakes are even higher at the adult level. You are asked to write 250 to 350 words thanking someone who has helped you, either dead or alive. Include why you wish you could thank this person, and what they have done for you that makes them a special part of your life.
First place in the adult division is 500 gallons of Super Dieslelex 4 diesel fuel, delivered to your farm. That could go a long way toward covering your spring fuel bill, especially if you no-till. Second place will get 250 gallons of fuel, and the third place winner will receive 100 gallons.
Qualified judges with knowledge of agriculture will evaluate the entries. All decisions of the judges are final. Employees of CountryMark are not eligible. Indiana Prairie Farmer reserves the right to publish any essay without compensation. The top winners may be asked to furnish a quality headshot photo for publishing with their story.
When you have your essay ready, mail it to Susan Hayhurst, 14477S Carlisle Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802. Just remember tax day is deadline day and you won't forget to enter.
Also remember that you can't win if you don't enter. Give it a shot, and see what happens!