WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Fourth and Sixth graders have been invited by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.  to participate in the two contests that will help mark the start of the Cherry Blossom Bloomfest on Sunday, April 14.

The “Why My Essex County Park is Important to Me” Essay Contest is open to all fourth grade students attending school in Essex County. Essays should be one page, typed double space on regular 8.5 by 11 paper. Only one essay can be submitted. Entries must relate to the Essex County Park System, have a student perspective and voice, have logical development and have ideas that build on one another and use language mechanics correctly. The deadline to enter the essay contest is Friday, March 15th.

The Essex County Cherry Blossom Poster Contest is open to all  sixth grade students attending school in Essex County. Entries are limited to one poster per student and must be submitted on 22-by-28 inch poster board. Posters may be done in marker, crayon, watercolor, ink, acrylic, colored pencil or tempura paint and must have the words “Essex County Cherry Tree Collection.” Collages, computer generated images or printed artwork is not accepted. The deadline to enter the poster contest is Friday, March 15th. Posters will be on display in the Essex County Hall of Records First Floor Lobby during the month of April.

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Full contest guidelines and registration forms are available at www.essexcountynj.org by clicking on the Cherry Blossom icon. Entry forms, essays and posters can be submitted to:

Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs

Essex County Kip’s Castle Park

Attn: Caitlin Sharp

22 Crestmont Road

Verona, NJ 07044