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Entries needed for Father of the Year essay contest

Entry materials are now available for the 2009 Merced County Father-of-the-Year Essay Contest.

Students K-12 are eligible to participate in the Eighth Annual Essay Contest.

More than 7,000 essays have been written in the previous seven years of the competition, and more than 150 fathers have been honored. Each year the selection of a Father-of-the-Year for Merced County is aided by a panel of the previous Fathers of the Year.

Entry packets can be obtained from the Web site, They can also be ordered by mail or by calling Paul Lundberg at (209) 631-7491. Students who are home-schooled or in independent study can also participate. Deadline for entry is April 17.

Students are asked to write a 300-word essay on “What My Father Means To Me.” A team of Merced County volunteers will read each essay and choose the top three essays from each grade level. Fathers can also write a response, which may be submitted along with their child’s essay.

Volunteers interested in being an essay reader can contact Paul Smith at

The 2009 Father of the Year will be honored along with essay winners at an awards banquet June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the McComb Youth Center in Merced.

Individuals or businesses interested in supporting the contest are encouraged to provide sponsorship of $1,000, $500 or $250. Varying degrees of logo affiliation are provided. In addition, table sponsorship for the awards banquet is available at $150 a table. Contact Paul Lundberg.