Fun Zone!

For more information, please contact:
Susan Harlow
Communications Manager
800.952.5200 ext. 4165

Rules & Regulations:
1 To be eligible to compete in the Video Contest contestants must be National Junior Holstein members. The contest is divided into three age divisions:
  Junior Division -9-13 years of age as of January 1st in the year of competition.
  Intermediate Division -14-17 years of age as of January 1st in the year of competition.
  Senior Division -18-21 years of age as of January 1st in the year of competition.
2. This contest is designed to showcase your personality and promote your dairy farm.
3. Create a video, two minutes or less in length, promoting your dairy farm.
4 Contestants may submit only one entry.
5. Contestants entering this contest give Holstein Association USA consent to reproduce the entry in any future publications, including using it on the Holstein Association USA Web site.
6. Video will be judged on creativity, originality, expertise, and skill.
7. Results will be posted online. Entries will not be returned.
8. Video files should be saved on a DVD disc. Submitted entries must also include name, division, address, age and phone number.
9. Video must be received by July 1, 2015. Please send to:

        Holstein Association USA
        ATTN: Susan Harlow
        1 Holstein Place, PO Box 808
        Brattleboro, VT 05302-0808

10. Kindle Fire


Competent and impartial judges will be selected to judge the contest. Awards will be given to the top three individuals in each division. A grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire. All participants will receive a participation certificate.

Kindle Fire is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Kindle devices are given away on behalf of Holstein Association USA. Amazon is not a sponsor of this contest.


Video Guidelines & Tips:

Use the following guidelines when preparing your video. As a reminder, entrants may seek advice on how to edit videos. However, professional editing services are not permitted.

1. Film in an area with good lighting.
2. Be very aware of background noises - vehicles, farm equipment, birds, etc. Avoid filming near roadways, in barnyards, or other areas where you are likely to incur a lot of background noise.
3. Be very aware of wind noise - while you may not hear it while you’re filming, most video cameras are very sensitive to picking up wind noise, and it can completely ruin your video. The safest bet is to find an area where there is very little to no breeze, film inside, or film on a very calm day. Almost nothing can be done in the editing process to remove wind noise.
4. Speak loud and clear so the camera picks up your voice well and viewers won’t have to strain to listen. Remember, your voice competes with any background noise that may be present.
5. Save the video file in one of the following preferred formats: .mp4, .avi, .mov, or .mpg.
6. When burning a DVD from your computer, save it as a data disc, rather than creating a DVD movie with a title menu (such as what would be played in a DVD player). When the disc is inserted in a computer, a viewer should be able to open it, individually select the file and open it in a media player of choice, such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, or QuickTime.