AUGUSTA -- Sherry Harriman, Lecturer and Richard Harriman, Youth Director of the Maine State Grange presented the Annual Grange Contest Day. Grangers from all over the state gather for this annual event. Contests held are: Skit Writing, Talent, Public Speaking, and Lip Sync.
The Skit Writing Contest, consist of members writing various skits or brief plays less then ten minutes long. Participants can enter into one of two categories, original or non-original. Non-original meaning the basic idea is taken from a comic strip, or internet joke etc. The participants also have the option of performing their skits for the audience or entering the non performed. The winner for original performed were; 1st: Sue Hackett of Merrymeeting Grange, and 2nd: Rick Grotton of Meenahga Grange. Winners for original non-performed were; 1st: Glenys Ryder of Danville Junction Grange, 2nd: Yvette Herbert or Old Town Riverside, and 3rd: Emily Pike of New Norland. Non-original performed were; 1st: Robert Burns of Maple Grove Grange, 2nd: Jeanne Burnham, of Saco Grange and 3rd: Ann Burns from Maple Grove Grange. For non-original non performed the winners were; 1st: Lois Zezima of Dirigo Grange, 2nd: Glenys Ryder of Danville Junction and 3rd: Bill Hatch of Danville Junction Grange.
Each year the Grange sponsors its annual Talent Contest. Those who place 1st in the talent will go on to regional to compete at the New England Lecturer�s Conference. Also each state 1st-place winner will go on to perform at the "Night of Excellence" at the National Grange Annual Convention, this year to be held in Reno, Nevada. The winners for the talent contest were; 1st-place: Cindy Marceau of Fairview Grange with her monologue 'Jumpin� Jehusaphat, 2nd-place: Sue Hackett of Merrymeeting with her skit "Time to Put the Elk in the Barn," and 3rd-place was Fred Lowd of Pleasant River Grange for his trumpet solo "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" & "In the Garden."
The winners of following youth contests will go on to compete at New England Regional Youth Conference this July. In the Public Speaking category the winners we�re 1st: Sue Hackett of Merrymeeting Grange with "Lonely & Friendless" and 2nd went to Jeanne Burnham of Saco Grange with "How Agriculture Touches Our Lives." The winners in the lip sync the winners were 1st: Rick Grotton of Meenahga and 2nd: Ed Worthley of Pioneer Grange.
Friends, Families, Communities, Growing Together
Maine State Grange Women�s Activities Director, Dolores Moore, announces details about their upcoming Dress Review on Saturday May 12th, at 1:00 p.m. at The Maine State Grange Headquarters located at 146 State Street in Augusta. Anyone wanting to enter the dress review must have their entries to the Maine State Grange Headquarters by 7:30 a.m. on Friday May 11, 2007. Non-members are encouraged to enter. The person making the items either models all entries or a member of the Women�s Activities Committee will show them.
There will also be the annual Dress a Doll competition and judging of the annual cooking contest, which this year is Congo Bars. For more information about any of these contests please visit www.mainestategrange.org or call 1-800-464-3421. The public is welcomed to attend. Refreshments will be served.
The Grange is America�s Family Fraternity with over 160 Granges across Maine.