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Hogeye Coloring Contest


September 7, 2018

Dear teachers of Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades

Subject:  Hogeye Festival coloring contest

Objective:  The youngest members of our community may participate in this city wide event to support our main street and to learn something of our city’s history.  Elgin was founded in 1872 and named after railroad commissioner Robert Morris Elgin. Prior to that the stagecoach stop that served Elgin was known as Hogeye.  Legend has it that a talented fiddler played a tune called “Hogeye” all night for a dance and the name remained. Today we can see Hogeye Cemetery and Hogeye Road and we celebrate our community with the Hogeye Festival.  The event is free and held downtown on Thursday October 25th, Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th  Hogeye Festival is sponsored by the City of Elgin and the Elgin Main Street Board with generous support from area businesses.

Time line:  Coloring contest pictures delivered to campuses Monday, September 10th.  Please have the children color the pages and then as a school select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each grade level.  Each grade should only turn in one winner in each grade level for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; the rest of the pictures go home with the students.  Please write the student name, grade and teacher on the back of the winners’ pictures.  Please provide a list of the winners by grade to the Community Development Office by Wednesday, October 10th,  This will be used to generate certificates for the winners.  The students will also receive art supplies.

The pictures selected for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place should be available in the school office for pick up and for us to take pictures of the winning students on Friday, October 12th.  Hogunteers will be onsite for a group picture at each campus and to congratulate the students on their excellent work.  We will present prizes and certificates to the students.  Winning pictures will be displayed in business downtown for the remainder of October.  

Outcomes:  Winners’ pictures will be displayed downtown.  Children will have learned about contest and something of the City’s History.  The pictures that go home will help advertise the Hogeye Festival.

Thank you,

Sonya Rangel, Hogunteer – Coloring Contest Chair 2018