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Here’s your chance to name swans at Memorial Park Cemetery
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Two swans float on the Memorial Park Cemetery pond in Gainesville, on Oct. 12, 2017. There is a competition underway for children to name the pair of swans, where $5,000 in prize money is on the line, including $2,000 for the grand prize winner. - photo by David Barnes

Memorial Park Cemetery has two new swans swimming in its pond. Now Jack Frost is looking for names for the male and female swans who came from Williams Exotic Waterfowl in Lake Butler, Fla.

The Memorial Park Funeral Home owner is enlisting the help of children in kindergarten through 12th grade and offering a total of $5,000 in prize money, including a $2,000 grand prize.

Frost is encouraging children to visit the Noah’s Ark section of the cemetery to view the swans, then come into the funeral home office to fill out a contest entry form. Everyone who enters the contest will receive an “I named the swans” shirt. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 20.

A drawing will be held Dec. 22 at the funeral home to determine the swans’ names. Kids don’t have to be present that day to win.

The white mute swans are 3 years old and mate for life.

It’s not the first such contest Frost has held. He previously enlisted children’s help to name the bronze gorilla in the cemetery “Goliath.”

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