Snowmen, elves, Santa, and other Christmas staples were showcased Monday at Elizabethtown City Council with the announcement of the winners of the Christmas in the Park poster contest.
More than 100 local children put their artistic talents to the test this year in designing a poster for the 30th anniversary of the holiday event.
The young artists in kindergarten through fifth grade were asked to make a poster displaying their favorite holiday scene and to be as colorful as they wished.
Six winners were chosen, one from each grade level, and they were announced and their works exhibited Monday at the Elizabethtown City Council meeting. Winners, their parents and bank representatives were invited to attend the meeting. The honored artists each were presented with a $50 gift card.
“Given the year we’ve all had and the changes we are experiencing with nontraditional instruction with the schools due to COVID-19, we were very pleased with the participation this year,” said Ashley Brown, a member of the Christmas in the Park Committee, prior to council. “We owe a lot of credit to our art teachers in the EIS and Hardin County school districts for encouraging their students to participate in our contest this year.”
According to Brown, this year they had 114 total entries. Twenty-two were from G.C. Burkhead Elementary School; Lakewood Elementary School had one; St. James Catholic Regional School had 31; Lincoln Trail Elementary School had one entry; 14 entries were from Morningside Elementary School; Cecilia Valley Elementary School had nine; Creekside Elementary School had one; New Highland Elementary School had one entry; Meadowview Elementary School had 30; and four entries were from home-school students.
This year’s winners are:
• Mia Elmore, Kindergarten, Lakewood
• Melody Witten, first grade, Morningside
• Nora Davis, second grade, G.C. Burkhead
• Carter Willett, third grade, Morningside
• Kaidyn Stewart, fourth grade, G.C. Burkhead
• Isabella Minton, fifth grade, St. James
The posters are judged by members of the Central Kentucky Art Guild. Magnolia Bank, Wilson & Muir, Cecilian, WesBanco, South Central and Abound Credit Union are paired with the winner for each grade level. The winning posters will be on display at one of the banks through the holiday season.
The winners are also treated to a special preview night of Christmas in the Park before the park opens to the public.