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State Fair announces winners of Tree Graffiti Contest

Cross Country Quilt Guild from Kearney, Neb. is the winner with their “Between the Statue of...
Cross Country Quilt Guild from Kearney, Neb. is the winner with their “Between the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge is a wonderful place to live...Nebraska! “entry.(Nebraska State Fair)
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Cross Country Quilt Guild took top prize in the Nebraska State Fair’s Tree Graffiti Contest this year with their entry “Between the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge is a wonderful place to live...Nebraska!“

There were nearly 30 entries submitted in all.

Members of Cross Country Quilt Guild include Stephanie Goodwin, Sharon Rood, Leslie Martin, Patricia Elliott, Lanna Bishop and Mary McGee. They will receive six concert tickets, & six gate admissions.

Second place was a tie, won by Aurora Art Walk of Aurora, and Bickford Senior Living in Grand Island. Nancy McManis, of Louisville and last year’s winner, tied for third place with Central City Public Library, and Credit Management of Grand Island.

Cross Country Quilt Guild explained their entry as, “Nothing is more Nebraska than football, corn, beef, Johnny Carson, Willa Cather, Henry Fonda, Runza, Kool Aid and yes, Spam started right here in Nebraska. Our display begins with the trees wrapped in a yarn flag, one tree is blue with stars and the other is wrapped in red and white stripes. The Statue of Liberty is outlined with white yarn and yellow yarn for her torch. Our corn stalks are wrapped with green yarn and the kernels of corn are yellow balls of yarn. Even the nest of straw for the yarn chicken eggs is made from yarn. We are a quilt group so all of our posters are quilted and then put on yarn frames crocheted with yarn. Our 1st prize ribbon is a 6 foot by 6 inch crocheted blue yarn. We had a lot of fun putting this together and hope you enjoy it.”

In the non-profit division, there were many repeat competitors and several new participants. One of those new participants came away with first place honors.

Hall County Livestock Association / Fonner Park, (tree designed and decorated by Kay Kotulak), was this year’s winner, followed by Girl Scouts of Nebraska with 2nd place and Operation Lifesaver & Mid-Plains Center in 3rd place.

Hall County Livestock Association / Fonner Park, (tree designed and decorated by Kay Kotulak),...
Hall County Livestock Association / Fonner Park, (tree designed and decorated by Kay Kotulak), was this year’s winner for nonprofit division.(Nebraska State Fair)

State residents were asked to follow the lead of over 70 central Nebraska participants from last year’s inaugural event. Nebraskans “bombed a tree”, or as we like to call it now, tree graffiti, at their homes, businesses, churches or schools across the state.

“We are so grateful many participated and many more enjoyed the fruits of their creativity. Thank you for spreading a little more beauty in our great state,” said Laura Hurley, director of sponsporships.

The plans for a 2022 contest are in the works and will be announced next year.

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