The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board is accepting entries for its 25th annual fishing essay contest for students in Chautauqua County through April 13.
In 2016, 318 students from 13 different schools participated in the contest. The contest is open to all Chautauqua County students in third through sixth grades who attend public, private or home schools. Essays must follow this year's topic, "What is Your Favorite Fishing Spot in Chautauqua County and with Whom Do You Like to Go Fishing with?"
Entries must be 250 words or less and can be submitted singly or together by class. Each entry must include the student's name, grade, teacher, and school. Teachers are also encouraged to submit their email addresses with their students' essays to allow for quick and easy communication during the school day about contest results. Entries will be judged on originality and teachers are encouraged to work with students by incorporating the essay into a teaching activity.
"In the past we have received some very creative entries such as essays with drawings and pictures, and one year we even received an essay inside of a shoebox," said Zen Olow, chairman of the Sports Fishery Advisory Board. "It is great to see kids excited about fishing and the outdoors."
All entries must be submitted to:
Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board, Office of the County Executive, Gerace Office Building, 3 N. Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757.
All participants will receive a certificate and at least eight winners from each grade will receive a spin cast fishing pole kit. Among the winners, two grand prize winners will be selected to go on a fishing trip with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan this summer. Winners will be announced in early May and the two grand prize winners will be recognized at the May 24 Chautauqua County Legislature meeting. All teachers and principals whose students submit essays will also receive a gift made by "Kids on the Fly."
"Fishing is an important recreational activity for our county," Horrigan said. "It draws visitors from across the nation and allows families and friends to create fond memories together. The essay contest has been valuable to the teachers and students who have participated in the past and I encourage all schools to participate in this year's contest."
The contest is sponsored by the County Executive's Office, County Legislature and a majority of the prizes are funded through donations from the community and sportsmen's clubs.
For more information, call the County Executive's Office at 753-4211 or Zen Olow at 640-2776.