By Carolyn Berry for Rock Spring Farm
HUSTLE, VA (October 1, 2015)—The owners of Rock Spring Farm in Essex County, VA, have extended the contest deadline until October 31, 2015. “We have not reached our goal of receiving 5,000 entries,” said Randy Silvers, owner of Rock Spring Farm. “We have quite a few, but unless we meet our goal, we will have to cancel the contest. We do not want to do that because too many people have worked hard to write their essays and they are dreaming of owning our farm. If we do not receive enough entries, we will refund all the entry fees.”
The 35-acre farm has a main house, a two-bedroom rental cottage, a late- 1800s cook house, a five-stall barn, a carriage barn, a woodworking shop with central heating and air, a shed and an equipment barn. The farm has about 10 acres of open land, 25 acres of mature hardwood trees, excellent soil and water to three of four pastures.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to own an exquisite property,” Silvers said. “A 1,000-word essay and a $200 entry fee is all it takes to enter the contest.”
If Silvers and his wife, Carolyn Berry, receive enough essays, they will select 25 finalists and hand them off to a 3-member panel of judges. “The judges will select the winner of the farm,” Silvers said. “The essays have been absolutely wonderful. No exaggeration. It will be tough to narrow the entries to 25 and even tougher for the judges to pick the winner.”
They will announce the winner of the contest January 1, 2016.