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What makes Madison County special?

In honor of the 170th year of the Madison County Fair, a special exhibit entitled What makes Madison County special is being organized.

This exhibit is an effort to reach out to all the towns and organizations in Madison County to ask them to celebrate this historic event. We invite them to design a display for this special occasion that communicates the role that they or their town has played in making Madison County so special.

These displays will be grouped together in a special exhibit that will be judged by officials from our good friends in neighboring counties. The winning town or organization will be awarded a special plaque commemorating this achievement.

The judges will base the awards on the following criteria:

40 percent education: Interest and help to viewer

25 percent effectiveness: Artistic story that keeps the passerby's interest

25 percent originality: Way of presentation, eye-catchers, phrases

10 percent attractiveness: Printing, color, matter

Display space is limited to maximum six by eight feet, with each town or organization furnishing its own tables, display boards, etc. Awards will be based on the total exhibit. Each display must include the name of their organization or town in a prominent position.

Entry forms are available by calling Madison County Historian Mary Messere at 366-2832. Entry forms must be submitted no later than June 9. Exhibits must be in place by noon Tuesday July 7 and shall not be removed until 6 p.m. Sunday July 12.

Cash awards for each class are: First place, $40; second place, $20 and third place, $10.

Sharon Driscoll is public information office for Madison County.

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