Contest at a glance:
The Moffat County Quality of Life Project is an initiative sponsored by the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Moffat County Tourism Association, Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Craig Daily Press.
The contest is looking for graphic or written submissions explaining what makes Moffat County a great place to live.
Starting next week, entries can be mailed to Craig Daily Press, Attn: Quality of Life Contest, P.O. Box 5, Craig, CO 81625, or submitted online through a special page at www.craigdailypre... that will launch next week.
The entry deadline is June 1.
Entry forms will be available at the Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave, the Maybell Store, 60311 U.S. Highway 40, and Dinosaur Town Hall, 317 S. Stegosaurus Freeway.
The top three adult winners in each of two categories will get a cash prize and the top three children’s entries will receive savings bonds.
Earlier this year, Craig resident Chris Jones helped revise the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership’s economic development plan for Moffat County.
During his research, Jones said he repeatedly heard a phrase used to describe one of the county’s biggest strengths — “quality of life.”
“It’s always been viewed as a strength, but I don’t know if it’s ever been defined,” Jones said.
To better define the term, Jones started the Moffat County Quality of Life Project, a contest he hopes will encourage residents to share what they love about their home.
EDP, the Moffat County Tourism Association, Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig Daily Press are partnering in the project, which will accept entries starting next week until June 1.
Entry forms are available at the Maybell Store, Dinosaur Town Hall and the Craig Daily Press. There will also be a special page for the project hosted at www.craigdailypress.com.
Jones said the contest has three categories offering prizes — two for adults and one for children younger than 12.
Adult entries will be broken into visual and written entries. The visual category will allow for entries such as paintings or photographs, and the written category is for entries such as short stories or poems, Jones said.
The children’s category will encompass both styles.
“We left it, purposely, very broad in terms of the types of entries because we think this community has a very broad range of artistic talents,” Jones said. “They could both capture the same quality of life that we’re looking for.”
The top three adults in each category will get cash prizes of $250, $100 and $50 for first, second and third places, respectively. The top three children will receive savings bonds of $100, $75 and $50.
Jones said judges have not been named, but said the authors of contest entries would be withheld from judges to prevent bias. He said the date to announce winners is dependent on how many entries are received.
Jones said there is the possibility winning entries could be used to promote Moffat County in some way, but the contest is not being used to find a new image for the county.
“We’re really trying to capture the quality of life not as a slogan, but as our citizens value it,” he said.
Jones hopes the contest will also encourage positive feelings about the community coming into summer.
“Times are still tough with the economy and a lot of uncertainties, so hopefully this gives us a break from that reality and reminds us of what the important things are in life,” he said.
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