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Agriculture Department Invites Pennsylvania Students to Help Fight Spotted Lanternfly


Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today invited first- through eighth-grade students to help spread the message about the threat of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly by entering the 2019 calendar contest.

“When children talk, people listen,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Last year, more than 800 kids helped us tell the story of the what this insect is, how it hurts us, and what you can do to help keep it from spreading. Pennsylvania kids are great storytellers and we need their help again.”

The 2018 Spotted Lanternfly Calendar Contest generated more than 800 entries from students across the state. Participating students learn in their classrooms about the threat posed by this invasive insect. Their messages and illustrations help Pennsylvanians identify Spotted Lanternflies, and encourage discussion among their families and neighbors about how they can join in the fight to stop its spread.

The contest is open to all first- through eighth-grade Pennsylvania students, and entries must 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 form attached or emailed with the poster.

The competition will run through October 31, 2019. 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 winners will receive a prize package and will be recognized during the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Contestants can enter by sending their artwork to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Communications Office, Room 210, 2301 N. Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA 17110 or email entries to All submissions must be postmarked or emailed by October 31, 2019.

For more information about Spotted Lanternfly, visit

Click here for a complete list of rules.

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