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San Gabriel Mission’s History Day on Saturday, May 11, will feature the Ninth Annual Model Mission Exhibit and Contest scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that is co-sponsored by the Ramona Museum of California History in San Gabriel and San Gabriel Mission.
Each year, thousands of fourth-grade elementary school students in California build a model of a California mission using various materials. And, this year an Any Age resident in California individual or group/family mission model-building project category is included to go along with the fourth grade category and any age in Southern California category.
Entry forms can be delivered or mailed no later than May 5.
The models can be of any of the 21 missions in California, be made of various materials, and include the church, other buildings and gardens, and should be no larger than three feet wide by three feet long.
Interested persons should visit mission’s web site www.sangabrielmission.org or mission’s gift shop at 427 S. Junipero Serra Dr. in San Gabriel to get more information and the entry form. An entry form must be delivered or mailed no later than May 5. The fee to enter is only regular admission to the museum when contestants arrive on May 11. A parent or guardian age 18 or older must be with the student during the contest and pay a regular admission fee.
Admission prices are free for age five and younger, $3 for age 6 through 17, $5 for age 18-61, and $4 for age 62 and older. The mission museum and gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contestants must bring their completed model and sign-in between 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. on May 11, so their model is ready for viewing and judging no later than 10 a.m. Models will be displayed until 12:30 a.m. Contestants can keep their model after the contest.
-Photo by Terry Miller