Enter our Beat the Heat photo contest!

Click to view larger imageSure, it's going to be hotter than Hades this weekend. And you can hide in the air conditioning if you must. But, as a weatherman said last night—in about 90 days it could be snowing.

So we have decided to challenge you to wipe the sweat from your brow, seize the moment and take some photos to record this amazing weekend. We are calling it the "Beat the Heat" photo contest. The grand prize will be $25 worth of ice cream and lemonade for you and your friends—as long as you agree to send photos of the party. 

You can shoot people relaxing, plants struggling, lakes and rivers drying up, kids eating drippy ice cream cones, anything that means heat. (Swimsuit shots are allowed, but keep the topless photos for your personal photo albums.)

We were inspired by a couple of photos we received Thursday night. Carl and Joan Behr have been doing a spectacular job of chronicling all the events of the Vintage Band Festival. Amid all the tubas and crazy Alpine horns, they sent a gorgeous photo of one of the hot air balloons that drifted over the city as part of the opening celebration. Then Kelly Irvine sent the charming photo above in which her dad, Scott Anfinson, captured her 5-year-old son as he watched the balloons drift through the evening sky.

Sure, it's hot...but let's make the most of it. And the contest is easy.

1. Take a photo (or 10)

2. Create an e-mail, attach photo.

3. Describe the photo, add your name.

4. Send to pictures@northfield.org.

That's it.

Oh, yeah, a deadline...Aug. 15. After all, it's too hot to rush around.