GREEN Fingers will win big prizes in a family competition hosted by the Effingham Community Garden, Illinois Farmers Union and Bahrns Equipment Inc., this summer.

The premise is very simple: be one of 12 families competing to grow the heaviest pumpkin in your own plot at the garden. Entry is free and the competing teams will be drawn from all the entries.

If your family's pumpkin weighs the most on Harvest Day, you will win a $150 cash prize, as well as vouchers and other prizes from the competition sponsors. The team with the second heaviest pumpkin wins $75 and third heaviest $50, as well as sponsor vouchers and other prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to teams with the neatest and best-tended plots, the best young grower and other categories. Everyone will win something!

This competition is a great way for kids to learn about growing and tending crops. They will learn that their efforts will lead to big rewards – for them and for Mom and Dad.

Sponsors include Gypsy's Bees, New Health Chiropractic, Joe Sippers Cafe, Tytia Habing Photography and The Odd Bin. All the sponsors have some fantastic voucher and gift prizes lined up, so make sure that your family gets growing!

Entering couldn't be easier. Simply visit the Illinois Farmers Union webpage, click on the Grow Big tab and follow the simple instructions.

You can also enter on Facebook by Liking the Illinois Farmers Union page and sending a message with Grow Big in the subject line. Include your name and telephone number in the message body.

Entries close Friday, June 6, so don't delay: enter your family today for awesome gardening fun where growing a great big pumpkin can win everyone in the family some great big prizes!

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