In celebration of the beautiful forests of Allegany County and the important benefit of trees to our community, the Allegany County Forestry Board and the Allegany Arts Council are co-sponsoring a tree photo contest this summer in conjunction with the Allegany County Fair. The photograph must be of a single tree located in Allegany County. There are more than 140 species of trees known to be growing in Allegany County with oaks and pines being the more common forest cover type. Trees and forestlands provide a number of ecological benefits to our backyards, streetscapes and mountain slopes. 


Photo exhibits must be printed and mounted on white poster board/card stock not to exceed 8.5 inches x 11 inches.  On the bottom right hand corner attach a white 3” x  5” card (or print directly on your poster board/card stock) the title, date taken, location of tree in Allegany County, name and type of camera, and kind of film (if film is used). Each exhibitor is limited to one entry. The photograph must have been taken by the exhibitor in the past year since July 2017.


The first prize is $100.00; the second prize is $50.00; and third prize is $25.00. Officials will award the prizes at the August 2018 meeting of the Allegany County Forestry Board. The Forestry Board will notify winners of the time, date and location of the awards ceremony. At the conclusion of the Fair the winning entries will be held for public viewing at the Allegany Arts Council Gallery located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland until the awards ceremony. Winners of last years contest were as follows:  1st Place, Paul Parrish, 2nd Place, Natalie McKenzie and 3rd Place, Amy Stonebreaker.


Entry forms can be downloaded and printed from the Allegany County Fair website.  Look for the “indoor exhibit entry form” located under the “Fair” tab.  Or go directly to the following page:


Photos will need to be taken to the Fairgrounds on Sunday July 15, 2018 between 12 Noon and 5 P.M.  Exhibitors who have not pre-registered may register at this time.


For additional information contact Sherry Frick, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator,University of Maryland Extension-Allegany County, Telephone 301-724-3320,Email