Get ready for Lego Extravaganza

Prizes offered for best creations
Jan 19, 2013
Photo by: Mountaineer file photo Last year, Sierra and Noah Gentry teamed up to create a Lego to create a scene from "The Hobbit," Bilbo Baggins meets the Dragon Smaug.

The Haywood County Public Library is once again hosting Lego® Extravaganza, their annual Lego® building contest for children ages 5 to 5 on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Each year, youth services librarian Carole Dennis asks participants to choose a favorite book and then create an original Lego® design related to the book.

“We’ve had entries related to books that have dedicated Lego® sets, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, of course,” said Dennis, “but one of my favorite entries was from our very first contest when someone made The Magic Treehouse from Lego® bricks. It was very original and creative.”

This year participants ages 5 to 8 will not be in formal competition since this age group has seen a higher number of no-shows on the actual day of the contest.

“We’re allowing the younger children to have an older helper with them this year and we’re trying to take some of the pressure off so that they will come out and have a good time without worrying about whether they’re going to win or not,” Dennis explained. “Everyone who participates will feel like a winner; I have certificates, free books from the Friends of the Library, and a candy treat for all participants. I’ll probably find some treats for my judges, too.”

Participants in the older age divisions (9-11 and 12-15) will compete for prizes and will be judged on the originality and creativity of their construction, and on the quality of their poster presentation/ oral report. “It sounds daunting, but we’re trying to give everyone a chance to practice a skill that they will need to be familiar with in school and business,” said Dennis. “The incentive is winning a new Lego® set and how often will that be your reward for a business presentation?” she said with a laugh.

The contest will once again take place at the Haywood County Co-operative Extension Office at 589 Raccoon Road, across from the Test Farm. Call 456-3575 to get directions. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and and the competition starts at 9. (Complete rules and registration forms are available at the library’s website:

Dennis explained that participants and families are asked to bring a bag lunch this year so that “we can have lunch while the judges work and have time to look at all the entries before the awards ceremony. It’s going to be another fun day of Lego® building and we can’t wait to see what you build this year!”

For more information, please contact Dennis at 356-2511 or email