Oaktober Event and Annual Oak Contest

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To raise awareness for the Illinois state tree, Governor Bruce Rauner has designated October as Oaktober, Oak Awareness Month. Come celebrate with us on BACT owned Far Field Preserve, currently being restored to its original oak savanna heritage. We will plant oak trees and saplings, collect native seeds, roast marshmallows and listen to music on a beautiful fall day. There is fun for the whole family.

In addition, BACT is hosting our annual oak contest. The Great Oaks contest has three categories: tree size, classic beauty and personal story (a short narrative on why/how this particular tree has impacted your life). Nine winning oak trees will be named; first, second, and third place in each category. Category winners will be announced on October 8 at the BACT Oaktober Fest.

Please read on for contest rules and entry form.

Contest Rules:

All entries must be submitted by October 1, 2016.

Trees must be located in one of the nine BACOG communities and townships:  Village of Barrington, Barrington Hills, North Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes, Lake Barrington, Barrington Township, Cuba Township or Deer Park.

Contest participant must own the property on which the tree is located for Tree size and Classic beauty categories.  Contest participant is not required to own the tree for Personal story category.

First prize winners will receive a special plaque.  If your oak tree was a previous winner, you may submit another tree.  If you have already submitted your tree in the past, and you didn’t win, you may submit the same tree again.

Oaktober Contest Entry Form.