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09/04/2018

Department of Agriculture Encourages Pennsylvania Students to Enter Spotted Lanternfly Calendar Contest

Harrisburg, PA - In an effort to continue to raise awareness about the threat of the Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) today announced its 2018 youth calendar contest for students across the state in grades 1 through 8.

“When an invasive species enters Pennsylvania, we need the help of our communities to eradicate it,” said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.” This contest will educate students about the threat posed by this invasive insect, help Pennsylvanians better identify it, encourage discussions amongst students and their families, and provide awareness and engagement across the state.”

The contest is open to all Pennsylvania residents in eligible grades, and entries should include:

  • One fact about Spotted Lanternfly;
  • Artwork created by the student;
  • 11” x 17” poster, horizontally oriented;
  • Original artwork, no copies will be accepted; and
  • A complete contest submission rule taped to the back of the poster.

The competition will run through October 31, 2018. Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade; third and fourth grade; fifth and sixth grade; seventh and eighth grade. The top three winning entries per grade will be featured in a calendar, and the grand prize winner will appear on the cover.

The grand prize winner will be announced during a recognition ceremony during the 2019 Farm Show, and his or her school will win a Spring assembly featuring prizes, activities, and a special guest.

Contestants can enter by sending their artwork to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Press Office, Room 210. 2301 N. Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA 17110. All submissions must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long, black, red, and, white spotted insect native to Southeast Asia and first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014. The invasive insect feeds on agricultural goods produced in the state, such as apples, grapes, hops, and hardwoods.

For more information about Spotted Lanternfly, visit www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly, or extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers - 717.783.2628

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