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The Forsyth County Complete Count Committee is partnering with Fairway Outdoor Advertising of the Triad to hold a contest to design a billboard promoting participation in the 2010 Census.

Entries will be posted on the city’s Facebook page, and the winning design will be posted on an electronic billboard on Business 40 West from March 8 through April 4. At the committee’s discretion, more than one winning design may be chosen.

The results of the census will affect everyone who pays taxes in North Carolina and Forsyth County, says Kelly Bennett, the coordinator of the contest. “The census determines how and where the federal government spends money on more than 140 programs,” Bennett said. “When people aren’t counted in the census, many of the taxes they pay don’t come back to Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

The billboard contest is one way to raise awareness and increase participation. “You don’t have to work in advertising and graphic design to enter,” Bennett said. “Hand-drawn entries are perfectly acceptable.”

Entries may have no more than 10 words, not counting Web site addresses. Contestants may enter as many designs as they like. Paper or electronic entries must be proportioned to fit inside a 12- by 3.5-inch box. Electronic entries may be submitted as .jpg, .cdr, .ai, .pub or .pdf files. All submissions become property of the City of Winston-Salem and the Forsyth County Complete Count Committee.

Entries can be submitted on the city’s Facebook page, e-mailed to , or mailed to City of Winston-Salem, attn: Kelly Bennett, City-County Planning Board, PO Box 2511, Winston-Salem, NC 27102.

All entries must be received by Feb. 7, 2010 and should include a name, e-mail address and daytime telephone number.

Complete rules and an entry form are available online.

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