Thursday, April 11, 2024

Children invited to unravel the mystery of ‘Champ’ the Lake Monster with art/story contest

Girl reading a book


Port Henry, NY — The hosts of ‘Lucy’s Champs For Champ,’ Kelly Tabor and Richard Rossi, announced that the arts and research contest related to their bestselling book and upcoming film, “Lucy & the Lake Monster,” is open for submissions from now through the end of May, 2024. The book, movie, and contest are all based on the search for “Champ” the legendary “Lake Monster” that hundreds of people have spotted in Lake Champlain. “Champ” is America’s version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. The contest is not only limited to Lake Champlain local children, but is open to children in every part of the world. 

Public School Teacher of the Year Kelly Tabor, lead actress Emma Pearson who plays Lucy in the film, and Hollywood filmmaker Richard Rossi encourage young explorers from the Lake Champlain region of New York, Vermont, and all over the globe, to join ‘Lucy’s Champs For Champ.’

The contest is a research and art project for Loch Ness and cryptozoology enthusiasts to search, create, and learn as they search for Champ. All grade school-age children, kindergarten through 8th grade, who create and send their original art, songs, poems, photos, or stories about Champ before the end of the exploration period, are eligible.

Entrants are eligible to win prizes, including premiere screening tickets of the movie, a meet-and-greet with cast and crew in person or by Zoom, a Champ toy plush and a copy of the novel “Lucy & the Lake Monster.”  

“Children from all around the world are participating in the contest,” said Tabor and Rossi. “Kids who live locally to Lake Champlain or who visit the Port Henry, NY area, can look for Champ in person, just like Lucy & Papa do in our story. ‘Lucy & the Lake Monster’ brings us into the universe of 9-year-old Lucy Lago, who searches for Champ the Lake Monster. We encourage kids to send their art and pictures about the search and research of Champ.”

When submitting material, please provide the name of the student, their grade, school and teacher name, and the name, phone number, and email of their parent or guardian. Winning submissions chosen for prizes and exhibition will be sent a release form for a parent or guardian to sign on behalf of their child.

 Submissions should be sent to the filmmaker,

More about ‘Lucy and the Lake Monster’:

“Lucy and the Lake Monster” is about a 9-year-old orphan and her grandfather as they embark on a spiritual journey for a sea serpent in Lake Champlain, located in the heart of New York and Vermont’s Adirondack Mountains. They battle bullies and others who seek to exploit them. The book carries a strong anti-bullying message.

But “Lucy’s Champs For Champ’ isn’t just about sparking creativity – it also aims to foster cooperation and understanding between researchers of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland and Champ researchers in Lake Champlain. 

“By coming together and sharing knowledge and insights, researchers in both the Lake Champlain region and Loch Ness hope to uncover the truth behind these legendary creatures,” Richard Rossi said. Rossi is co-author of the book and director of the upcoming film “Lucy & the Lake Monster.”

“Lucy and the Lake Monster” is available on in paperback, hard copy, Kindle and wherever books are sold. The film is in the final stages of post-production and will be released this fall.

For more information on ‘Lucy’s Champs For Champ’ visit:

Photo at top provided by Richard Rossi.

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