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Blue Book contests begin

The Oregon Secretary of State is accepting entries for the next cover photo for the official state almanac and essay about Oregonians' favorite community celebration, festival, carnival, fiesta or fair.

OREGON CAPTIAL INSIDER - The winner of the 2015-2016 Oregon Blue Book cover photo contest was Ted Demetriades for this photo titled 'Autumn Leaves in Lithia Park.' The park is located in downtown Ashland in Southern Oregon.SALEM — Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has started accepting entries for the 2019-2020 Oregon Blue Book Cover Photo Contest and a separate essay contest.

The 2019-2020 Blue Book theme is Celebrating Oregon's local festivals, so photos of carnivals, fiestas, county fairs, galas and other celebrations throughout the state.

The Oregon Blue Book, published biennially since 1911, is the official state almanac. The guide contains fun facts, listings and descriptions of Oregon state government, educational institutions, media information, cultural and arts organizations, history, maps and other points of interest.

"The Oregon Blue Book has been a state icon for over 100 years," Richardson said in a statement. "The Blue Book is filled with great information on over 2,000 areas of interest that make up Oregon. It covers all things Oregon from absentee voting to aviation, banking to butterflies, wages to windsurfing, and much more. It's just a great resource and a fun read with breathtaking photos of Oregon."

Visit the blue book website to see photo contest guidelines and past cover winners and to fill out an entry form.

Contestants must be amateur photographers who live in the state. Photos must taken in Oregon, in color and in vertical "portrait" orientation.

Essay entries are limited to elementary- and middle school-age students.

Essays should answer the following question: What is your favorite local community celebration, festival, carnival, fiesta, or fair and why?

Contestants are also encouraged to illustrate their essays with drawings.

The winning essay and drawing will be printed in the Blue Book, and the author and artist will be invited to the Capitol for the official Blue Book Release party and celebration in early 2019.

Essay submissions must include the student's name, grade, teacher's name, school name and address and be mailed, not emailed, to:

Mary Beth Herkert, State Archivist

Oregon State Archives

800 Summer St. NE

Salem, OR 97310

The deadline to postmark all entries is Oct. 16.

For questions, call the Blue Book editor at bluebook.changes@state.or.us or call 503-378-5199.

The deadline for submitting entries is October 16, 2018. Su

Contestants can find contest information and details by visiting the Blue Book website. If there are additional questions, contact the Blue Book editor at 503-378-5199 or send an email to bluebook.changes@oregon.gov.