July 27-29 2018

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973-882-5464

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PNC Bank Essay Contest

The 15th annual PNC Bank “American Patriot Essay Contest”

The deadline to enter is May 1, 2018!

The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning and PNC Bank are once again inviting New Jersey students in grades 2 through 12 to take part in the 15th annual PNC Bank “American Patriot Essay Contest” by writing a short essay on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.”
 
The Grand Prize winner will receive a visit to his or her school by a gigantic, 75-foot-tall hot air balloon in June and a special VIP package at this year’s balloon festival in July: a hot air balloon ride for two, four Blue Sky Club VIP tickets, and the opportunity to meet one of this year’s concert headliners, which in the past have included Disney teen sensations the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Sabrina Carpenter.
 
Last year, Kawameeh Middle School in Union, NJ produced our first ever first place and second place finishers. Guy Francis, a seventh grade student, was our Grand Prize winner as he wrote about his ancestors fleeing the Nazis in World War II as well as his ancestors’ freedom from slavery. Classmate Judd Espejo, also a seventh grader, was runner-up. 
 
This year’s winning student’s immediate classmates will each receive one complimentary general admission ticket to the Festival.  
 
The winning student’s teacher and school principal will each receive two Blue Sky Club VIP tickets. Second and third place prizes consisting of Festival admission and merchandise will be also awarded.
 
All teachers in the state who submit a group of 15 essays or more on behalf of their students will receive two free general admission tickets to the Festival regardless of whether one of their students submits the winning essay.
 
The essays must be 100 words or less. They will be judged by a panel of representatives from PNC Bank and the balloon festival. Winning essays will be selected based on creativity, poignancy and clarity with consideration given to the grade level of the contestant. Contestants are not required to be U.S. citizens.
 
HOW TO ENTER
Entries should be mailed to Essay Judges, QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, 363 Route 46 West, Suite 200, Fairfield, NJ, 07004, or emailed to pncessay@balloonfestival.com. Entries should include the student’s name, home or school address, home or school telephone number, grade, age, school name and the name of their teacher. The deadline to enter is May 1, 2018.