March 5, 2022

It’s time for the 2024 GLC LANDFAIR!

Are you part of a group of students in grades 9-12?

Do you live in Grayson County?

Here’s your chance to win up to $1000 for your class, church group or club!

IMPORTANT: Please note that the competition this year is ONLY for GROUPS (more than 2 people) and the checks will be written to the winning groups.

GLC is changing the rules to make it easier to enter the contest in 2024. Recognizing that teachers and students are still overcoming the lingering effects of the pandemic, this year’s competition will give groups the option of creating a 3-5 minute video OR a poster. In addition, this year we are narrowing the focus of the competition to the New River. In 2020 the County declared August Clean River Month as a way to acknowledge the impact the New River has on our County. Groups are invited to think creatively about how they can make a positive impact on the New River. This could include how to improve water quality, riparian buffers, trash control, runoff control, water testing, attracting folks to clean ups, educating younger kids about the river, developing tourism, developing the new park, and other ideas. The goal of the competition remains benefiting the community while also meeting the triple bottom line of sustainability―being economically successful, protecting our environment, and promoting community involvement and well-being.
Prizes are as follows:
1st place $1000
2nd place $350
3rd place $150

Application Process:

  1. Be part of a group compossed of 2 or more students in Grades 9-12 in Grayson County or the City of Galax. This includes homeschoolers.

  2. Create a written outline to guide your project by completing the ONLINE ENTRY FORM
    The form provides the template for this part of the contest.

    • Identify a way to make a positive impact on the New River and our community – it can be agricultural, economic, cultural, or related to health and the environment and feasible to accomplish here in Grayson County or Galax.
    • Propose a solution – a product, business, service, or system that addresses the problem, which you can explain in video format, poster, slideshow or with other props.
    • Explain how your solution works – who does it help? How does it help?
    • Describe the obstacles that need to be overcome to implement your idea.
    • Highlight the final goal and successful outcome.

  3. Create a video or poster. Using your outline as a guide, team up with class, group or club to create an original video or a poster or other visual presentation that helps your audience understand your project.

  4. Each participant in the group must submit this Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian allowing their video, poster or photos taken during their presentation to judges to be posted on the GLC YouTube channel and other social media with their outline submission.
    You will need Adobe Reader on your computer to download the form.  

    Please complete the ONLINE ENTRY FORM and submit your CONSENT FORMS by email to [email protected] by March 22nd. Make sure you attach the consent forms for each team member.

  5. The Competition Committee will review all submissions and select the top 15.
    Those groups will be invited by Friday, April 5th to present their projects to a panel of judges at the LandFair Competition, Saturday April 20th, 9am-noon. The community is invited once judging is completed to celebrate the winners.
    The group will need to develop a display (video, slideshow, poster, or props) to set up on a table to accompany the oral presentation. Judges will ask follow up questions as well.

Contest Guidelines

The Grayson LandFair Competition offers groups of students in grades 9-12 in Grayson County and Galax a chance to explore real economic, environmental and social problems facing Grayson County by suggesting innovative solutions that can really work in our communities based on one, or any, of Grayson LandCare’s three themes: enhancing the welfare of our community, local economy, and natural resources. You don’t have to be a scientist – you just need to want to make our community a great place to be!

Judging is in 2 parts: the written outline or Project Proposal and the in-person presentation. The Project Proposal is 1/3 of the overall score and the presentation is the other 3/4.

You can learn more about how the judging system and points allocated to each portion in the Judging & Presentation Guidelines Packet.

Here’s a link to the winners in 2021.

Check out the report from 2017’s $1000 first-place winner 2017 Land Stewardship Winner


Grayson LandCare: We have experts available on many topics related to agriculture, land management, entrepreneurship, and the environment, and will be happy to put you in touch with someone who can help you gather information. Examples are raising and marketing beef cattle, rotational grazing, riparian borders, water quality monitoring, raising chickens/poultry for eggs and/or meat, market gardening, raising sheep for wool and/or lamb for meat, raising rabbits for fur and/or meat, farmer’s markets, forest management, harvesting hardwoods, non-timber forest products, raising medicinal herbs, and ecotourism and birding. To inquire about resources through Grayson LandCare, contact [email protected]

New River Hill Farm, a farm owned and operated by the New River Soil & Water Conservation District, is available for student projects!new-river-hill-farm/cfmd Contact Tracy Goodson tgoodson.newrive[email protected] or Tim Phipps [email protected] 276-601-6163 for more information.

New River Conservancy, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the waters, woodlands, and wildlife of the New River Watershed. Contact Elizabeth Underwood [email protected] or (336) 846-6267

New River Wildlife and Conservation Club, a non profit organized to conserve, restore and manage game, fish and other wildlife and its habitat in the area. Contact Keith Andrews at [email protected]

Blue Ridge Discovery Center, a non-profit  dedicated to exploring, discovering, and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The library at Blue Ridge Discovery Center is open to students to do research at the center located at 6402 Whitetop Rd, Troutdale, VA 24378. Only members are able to check out books from the library. Call (276) 388-3155 for more information.

Carroll County STEM Lab at Carroll County High School is available for use by students in Grayson County and Galax. The lab has microbiology and molecular biology equipment that would be helpful for projects dealing with crops, livestock, soil, water, and more. Contact CTE director ([email protected]) or Dr. Randy Webb in the Agriculture dept ([email protected]) to learn more about how to use the Lab for your project. Please note that you may need to purchase some consumable equipment such as petri dishes if used in a large quantities. Grayson Land Care has some funds to assist with this cost; please contact [email protected], for more information.

School and County Libraries are available to check out books and access online resources. Contact your librarian for assistance finding books related to your topic. Please see below for additional local and regional resources as well as links that may help you choose a topic

Local Organizations:

Grayson LandCare at

Independence Farmers Market

Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority

Crossroads Institute

Regional/State Organizations:

Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications

Blue Ridge Permaculture Network Resources

Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

Virginia Association for Biological Farming

Sustain Floyd Resources Page

Links for Project Ideas

Check out these links for project ideas, guidance, and resources. Access the links to the book publishers where you can find many creative ideas just by reading through the book titles. You can then do further research or request the book from your school or county library.

 Youth Business How-To

Service-Learning Project Ideas

Chelsea Green Books publishes books focused on sustainability

New Society Publishers publishes books on sustainability

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Learning Center to find books, bulletins, videos, and fact sheets on sustainable agriculture.

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