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by Norma Weaver,

A.J. Lane's entry. It is an Acacia tree. He's sure it is a winner.

A.J. Lane’s entry. It is an Acacia tree. He’s sure it is a winner.

Find the oldest tree in New Paris and win a hundred dollars. The entry rules are as follows. Find the biggest tree you can find, measure up to 54 inches from the ground level, make a mark, then measure the circumference of the tree at the mark. Take reading in inches and on a sheet of paper, write the species of the tree, location, and the inches of the circumference along with your name and the date of entry. Enclose a check or money order in an envelope for the amount of $10 payable to ‘Sunnyside Park’. Mail or drop off your entry at the New Paris Pro Hardware and submit it to Norma Weaver.

The borders of your search will be confined to the Elkhart River on the North, County Rd. 31 to the East, County Rd. 50 to the South and County Rd. 21 to the West. Contest ends on August 15 at dark. The winner will be announced at Sunnyside Park on August 9’s 2nd Friday Event after Bingo. Park Board Members are not eligible. 100% of the money collected will be given to the Sunnyside Park fund. You need not be present to win. The judge’s decision will be final with reference to any questions that arise.

Taking kids out to help find the ‘biggest tree’ would be a good outdoor project for families. Make sure to always get the landowner’s permission if you need to go onto another person’s property.