2017-02-06 / Local

Registration open for annual LEGO contest

CHESTER — Registration is open for the St. Luke's Episcopal Church 2017 LEGO Contest.

This year's contest is taking place on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main St., Chester.  Early registration by March 10 allows a $5 discount on the $15 entry fee. 

This event is open to LEGOmaniacs Pre-K through Grade 8 and their families.  Students are encouraged to use vacations or snow days to create something unique and have their entries fine tuned by contest time.

Participants should construct their original creations (no kits allowed) with a maximum size of 24-by-36 inches, and bring them on March 18 between 9 and 10 a.m. to the Conference Center, generously donated by NewsBank for the event.  Entries will be judged in different grade categories from 10 a.m. to noon for their 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 for collaborating children and parents.  Unique motorized LEGOs will be considered in a separate section.

At 12:30 p.m., LEGO prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up in the different classes, with special awards for the judges’ choice for Best in Show and Most Vermont creations.  The Creators’ Choice Award will be given to the entry that the contestants themselves vote as the most outstanding creation.

Refreshments will be on sale to encourage everyone to stay and view the different entries, as well as to share ideas and techniques during the judging.  Again this year, young people may create an additional construction at a special LEGO station.  They will not be able to remove their creation from the special area and won’t be able to enter them in the contest, but this is a good opportunity for students to construct something different, perhaps with a friend, for some additional fun.  

The Registration Form may be downloaded from Special Events at www.stlukesepiscopalvt.org, www.ourchester.org, and www.chestertelegraph.org.  Printed forms are available at the Whiting Library on Main Street in Chester, at Chester-Andover Elementary School, and at the Library and the Elementary School in Grafton.  

Entries completed by Friday March 10 are $10.  After that date and on the day of the contest, entries will be $15.  A check for the registration fee should be made out to “St. Luke’s Church” and mailed, along with the registration form, to the Registrar, Lillian Willis, PO Box 318, Chester, VT 05143.

Sponsored for the sixth year by St. Luke’s, the event will benefit the both 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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