To All Cherokee County Participants of the D5 Photography Contest,
I am genuinely sorry but somehow there was a mix up on the District Photography Contest entry deadline. Back in November or December, Wendi Emprimo and I were in my office planning the County Photography Contest when I realized that the District Photography Contest entry deadline had been posted as being three months later(March) than it had been in the last three years (December). I then called the District Office to confirm that the entry deadline had indeed changed. While on speakerphone, the District 4-H Specialist, Derrick Brutton told me that the contest entry deadlines was March 25th. Even thought the calendar said that it was the 24th, I took him at his word. Both Wendi and I remember this as I wrote it down on my Wall Calendar while we were still on the phone. I received a call on the morning of March 25th from the District Office to let me know that the online entries were posted for all of you who completed them, but they had no actual photos to go with them. To which I replied that they were in my truck and I would be bringing them over that afternoon. I was told that it was too late to bring in the photos and that my "people" could participate, but would not be allowed to place in the competition because we hadn't gotten them in by the deadline. This was all transpiring while I was on site at our County Stock Show. I tried, to no avail, to make the case for allowing me to bring them in that day. As I am the 4-H Coordinator, I should have posted a county deadline for this contest a week prior to the real deadline in order to get these photos to the District Office on time. My failure to do so has resulted in all of the Cherokee County entries for the District Photography Contest being disqualified. As a concession, I will be holding either a summer photography contest or project show so that your photos can be displayed and judged. Please accept my most humble apology for allowing this to happen. In the future, ALL District Deadlines will be accelerated by one week to avoid any similar situations. Please call my office 903.683.5416 if you wish to discuss this matter further; again my apologies...
Humbly and Sincerely,