2019 Lego contest is March 16 with preregistration by March 8

Lego Contest
Colton Gaudette, 10, from Springfield, stands beside his clock tower that won first prize in the 2018 LEGO Contest for Grade 5 and also first in the motorized category. Photo provided.

CHESTER, Vt. – The 2019 Lego Contest is taking place Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, Vt. The event is open to Lego-maniacs Pre-K through grade 8 and their families.

Participants should construct their original creations – no kits allowed – with a maximum size of 24-inch by 36-inch, and bring them March 16, between 9-10 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 and www.ourchester.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.

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, P.O. Box 318, Chester, VT 05143.

Sponsored for the eighth year by St. Luke’s, the event will benefit both the church and the children’s section of Whiting Library. For additional information, please contact Lillian Willis at 802-875-1340 or lbwillisct@comcast.net.

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