A regional Utah History Fair for students in Salt Lake and Wasatch counties is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, at Salt Lake Community College.

Robert Parson, director of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies at Utah State University, which is sponsoring the event, says history fairs are a national project showcasing academic achievement in history.This year's theme is "Rights in History."

"Although the theme was chosen to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Bill of Rights, students could explore the theme through American, state, local or world history," Parsons says.

The public is invited to all of the day's activities, including a portrayal by Ray Kartchner from Granite School District of James Madison, who is considered the "Father of our Constitution."

Students can enter original research papers, displays, do a performance or multimedia presentation. Students will compete in three age categories: grades four and five, six through eight and nine through 12.

First, second and third places will be awarded in each age division.

Student registration at the fair will begin at 8 a.m. Judging commences at 10 a.m. and should conclude by 1 p.m., Parson said.

First- and second-place winners will be eligible to participate in the state finals of Utah's History Fair on Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, at the Harmon Convention Center at BYU.

Fair co-sponsors are the Utah State Historical Society and the Utah Humanities Council with support from the State Office of Education, Brigham Young University and various school districts throughout the state.