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To celebrate America Saves Week, the Calhoun County Extension Office is presenting its fifth annual Piggy Bank Pageant. The pageant is set for 5:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at the Anniston City Meeting Center at 1631 Noble Street. Regions Bank is cosponsoring the event.

What is the purpose of a Piggy Bank Pageant? According to Isaac Chappell, a regional agent in Consumer Affairs and Personal Financial Management with Alabama Extension, the pageant is a fun way to teach children the importance of savings. "It is never too earlier to start a saving plan," Chappell said.

Children can create a piggy bank from a milk carton, soda bottle or other materials of their choice. They can create a pig with personality, such as a pretty pig, happy hog, serious sow, pudgy piglet or other fun designs. They can also dress up or decorate an existing piggy bank with markers, crayons, stickers, picture cutouts, fabric or other kinds of materials.

All banks must be able to hold coins as savings and should be no larger than 18 inches x 18 inches.

Chappell said the piggy banks must be created or decorated by the children with little or no help from adults. Only one entry per child in the appropriate age category will be accepted. Age categories include 8 and under, 9 to 12 and 13 to 17. All entrants must complete a registration form and forms must be received at the Calhoun County Extension Office by Feb. 23.

Entries must be at the Meeting Center by 5:15 p.m. Feb. 26 to be judged. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges and nine prizes will be awarded – first, second and third place in each of the three age categories. All participants must be present to win.

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