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WINNSBORO — The first Rock Around the Clock student writing contest, sponsored by the Fairfield County Arts Council and the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting student entries.

Applications and rules and regulations have been distributed to most of the Fairfield County schools and are also available at the Chamber of Commerce office on Congress Street in downtown Winnsboro.

This year’s contest will focus on “Our Town” and participants are encouraged to write about their town, neighborhood, church and/or people that have been important in community development.

Elementary students (ages 6-10) have a 300 to 500 word limit, middle school students (ages 11-14) have a 500 to 800 word limit, and high school students (ages 15-18) have an 800 to 1,200 word limit. All entries must be typed and double spaced and be original work.

The deadline is Sept. 30 and will be picked up at the school office or at the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce building. Awards and prizes will be given during the Rock around the Clock Festival on Oct. 5.

“The newly reorganized Fairfield County Arts Council has opened its doors to all art genres, including the literary arts. We thought this contest would be a great way to introduce creative writing, literacy and the importance of local patriotism to the young people of our town,” said Virginia Schafer, chair for the art council’s literary division. “We wanted these essays to honor our town and our Winnsboro clock, noted to be one of the oldest continuously running clocks in the nation.”

“The sponsors are asking the schools, especially the librarians and teachers, to encourage the students to participate,” said Frankie O Neal, who is also on the literary committee. “The students have an opportunity to be creative and be honored at the festival. We are now soliciting businesses, and other donors for funds and prizes to be awarded to the first, second and third prize winner in each grade category. As a storyteller, I think this opportunity to tell your story is fabulous and I intend on pledging a donation to this cause. Home is where the story begins.”

Prizes and gifts have been contributed by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County Arts Council, Frances O Neal, David’s Florist and The Cove Restaurant.

“If anyone would like to donate monetary or gifts for the students prize package, we would be honored to include them in our sponsorship. Awards and Prizes can also be a motivation for the students, so let’s show them our support,” said Schafer.

For information about the contest, for entry applications or to give a donation to the prize package for the students, call 1-800-381-2306.

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