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Incubate Debate Essay Contest

The Sugar Festival + Incubate Debate 2023 Essay Contest is a writing competition for middle and high school students from Hendry and Glades counties to explore the importance of sugar in their local community. The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 from Hendry or Glades counties. Essays, 500-750 words in length, must address the following question: “How has sugar shaped your community?”

Essays will be judged on originality, creativity, and overall quality. The author of the top essay will be awarded a scholarship of $500. Additionally the teacher, advisor, or counselor who reviews the winning essay will receive $250 cash.


The winner of the essay contest will present his/her essay on the Main Stage of Sugar Festival 2023 (March 18, 2023)


Submit your essay by Friday, February 17 at 5PM to

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