3rd annual Lego Contest slated for March 1, grows into new venue


The 2014 LEGO Contest, sponsored for the third year by St. Luke’s Church, will take place this year at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main St.  in Chester.  More than 150 enthusiastic children and adults at last year’s contest made the larger space desirable.
NewsBank Inc. is donating this space to help make room for more entries.

A First Place prize winner from last year by kindergartner Estella Gross.

A First Place prize winner from 2012 by kindergartner Estella Gross.

This event is open to the public and will be held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 at NewsBank. The $10 Early Bird pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 25.

LEGOmaniacs pre-K through Grade 8 and families are invited to enter and display their original creations. No kits are allowed.

Entries will be given a space of about 18 by 30 inches. They should be constructed at home, then brought to the NewsBank Conference Center from 9 to 10 a.m. on the day of the contest. Entries will be judged in different grade categories from 10 a.m. to noon based on originality, imagination and presentation. If a structure is a team entry, the age of the oldest member will determine the grade category. There is also a separate family team class when adults and children have collaborated.

At 12:15 p.m., LEGO prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners-up in the grade and family team divisions, with special awards for the Judges’ Choice for Best in Show and Most Vermont creations. While the judging is going on, participants will have the chance to check out the other entries and share techniques and ideas with fellow exhibitors. Refreshments will be on sale.

Participants should pre-register by Feb. 25 to be guaranteed a space. Entry forms may be downloaded from Special Events at www.stlukesepiscopalvt.org and www.ourchester.org. Printed forms are available at the Whiting Library and at Chester-Andover Elementary School on Main Street in Chester.

A check for the pre-registration fee of $10 per entry should be made out to St. Luke’s Church and mailed, along with the registration form, to the Registrar, Lillian Willis, P.O. Box 318, Chester, VT 05143. Both the entry form and fee must be received by Feb. 25 to reserve a space. Entrance fees after Feb. 25 and on the day of the contest will be $15, if there is space.

This event benefits both the church and the Children’s section of Chester’s Whiting Library. For additional information, please contact Lillian Willis at 802-875-1340 or lbwillisct@comcast.net.

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