Marshall-Putnam Fair hosts essay contest to celebrate 100 years

Authors asked to write about ‘What Does the Marshall-Putnam Fair Mean to Me?’

In honor of its 100th anniversary, the Marshall-Putnam Fair will be hosting an essay contest.

The essay prompt is as follows: “What Does the Marshall-Putnam Fair Mean to Me?”

This could include the author’s most memorable fair moment(s) or maybe how the Marshall-Putnam County Fair has impacted their life.

Essays will be divided into three age groups: 10 and younger with a requirement of a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 200 words, ages 11 to 15 with a requirement of between 200 to 300 words, and ages 16 and older with a requirement of between 300 to 500 words.

Each winning easy will receive $50 cash or $50 in Fairbucks (winner’s choice).

In addition to prizes, the winning essays will be printed in the Harness Racing Programs and Pageant Programs. The essays will also be submitted to the local newspapers, posted on the fair’s Facebook page, and added to the Marshall-Putnam Fair webpage.

The original essays will be placed in the time capsule to be opened at the 125th anniversary of the Fair in 2046.

Essays must be submitted no later than July 1. To enter, mail your essay to P.O. Box 114, Henry, IL 61537 or email it to