I have written countless stories about farming, but none of them involved a cornfield turning to popcorn. Or a pair of raindrops falling in love high above the fields.
Those were among the images created by Stanislaus County children who won statewide awards in an annual writing contest on farm topics. They received three of the six grand prizes in the latest version, and a Merced student won a fourth.
The “Imagine This ” contest is sponsored by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Students in third through eighth grades can enter factual or fictional writings that celebrate farming or ranching.
The grand-prize winners, one in each grade, will be honored Wednesday in Sacramento as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol. Their works will be compiled into an illustrated book, and their teachers will each get $100 worth of educational materials.
The local winners:
These stories can be read at www.cfaitc.org. Each was illustrated by groups of high school art students, mostly from Sacramento.
Several students in and near Stanislaus County won regional awards: