The invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly was discovered in Berks County in September 2014 and has since spread to 13 other Pennsylvania counties. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and was introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This destructive insect threatens $18 billion worth of Pennsylvania products including apples, grapes, peaches and hardwoods.
To continue to raise awareness of the danger of Spotted Lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Education today announced a 2020 youth calendar contest for students across the state in grades 1 through 8. The purpose of this contest is to educate students and their families about the importance of inspecting items prior to leaving the quarantine area. Learn more about it on our Spotted Lanternfly page, or using our quick facts sheet.
- Applicants must be in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.
- Artwork must include one fact about Spotted Lanternfly.
- Entries must designed on an 11” x 17” poster.
- Posters must be created by the student. Students are encouraged to use a combination of mediums and art elements such as crayon, paint, acrylics, watercolor, markers, etc.
- Digitally produced images and collages ARE NOT allowed.
- Original art must be submitted; no copies will be accepted.
- A completed contest submission form must be tapped to the back or emailed with the poster.
- All posters (original and copies) become the property of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and will be used for Spotted Lanternfly Awareness promotional materials.
Awards and Recognition
- The entries will be judged in four divisions: 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, 5th and 6th grade, and 7th and 8th grade.
- Each division will have a first, second, and third-place winner. The grand prize winner will be selected from the first place division winners.
- Each division winner will receive a prize and their artwork will appear on a page in the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar.
- A Department of Agriculture representative will present the grand prize winner with a prize and unveil the winning poster during a recognition ceremony at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
- The grand prize poster (original and copies) become the property of the Department of Agriculture and will be used for Spotted Lanternfly displays and website and will be the cover page of the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar.
- September 3, 2019, Contest Kick-Off
- October 31, 2019: Poster contest entries must be postmarked or emailed by this date.
- Send entries to:
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Communications Office, Room 210
2301 N. Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
- December 16-20, 2019 winners will be notified and announced at the 2020 Farm Show.