By Patrick Troyer

Education specialist

Paulding SWCD

While the Paulding County Fair has now come and gone, there are still some winners of some contests that are to be announced!

Visitors to the Paulding SWCD booth at the fair had the opportunity to vote on their favorite photos and posters as part of our annual contests. After counting the votes, the results are in!

In addition to voting on the two contests, visitors to the fair had the opportunity to enjoy a variety of children’s activities covering soil health, water quality and native Ohio wildlife.

Each year, Paulding SWCD sponsors a conservation poster contest for youth in kindergarten through a senior in high school throughout Paulding County. A theme is chosen each year by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) covering an environmental topic with the 2019 theme being “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.”

The contest is setup to give youth a voice in their local community on their perspective to the important conservation issues taking place not only locally but around the world while showcasing the amazing artistic talents of local students.

Submissions are received from local students with the total submissions being narrowed down to the top 10 which are showcased for the public to vote on at the Paulding County Fair.

Posters are evaluated by looking at the conservation message or use of theme, visual effectiveness, originality, and universal appeal.

The first and second place winners receive a prize from the Paulding SWCD. From there, entries are sent on to the state level for the next level of judging.

After counting all the votes from the Paulding County Fair, Tanner Laukhuf from Payne Elementary came out as the first place winner for 2019 and received a prize. Coming in second place was Avalon Conley from Antwerp Elementary.

Each winner will be invited to the Paulding SWCD Annual Banquet on September 6 at Auglaize Golf Club where they will be recognized and receive their prize.

Also, up for vote were entries for our annual photo contest. The photo contest is open to all Paulding County residents who love to take pictures of the many beautiful sights of Paulding County.

Participants can send in up to three of their favorite photos for the contest showcasing a plant, animal or other outdoor landmark within Paulding County. There are divisions for those under 18 and those over 18. Winners of this contest are also awarded a prize courtesy of Paulding SWCD.

After counting the votes for entries in each division, Ann Furrow from Paulding was chosen as the first place winner in the over 18 division taking a beautiful photo of a winter sunset.

Taking second place in the over 18 division was Eileen Kochensparger from Paulding for her photo of a spring flood.

The winner for first place in the under 18 division was Aria Clem from Antwerp for her photo of a flowering tree. Taking second place in the under 18 division was Aria Clem from Antwerp for her photo sun shining through some fall leaves These winners will also be recognized at the Paulding SWCD Annual Banquet on September 6.

Thank you goes out to everyone who submitted amazing entries for both the photo contest and poster contest. It is always great to see the talents of our local community in capturing everything that is great about nature! Look for these contests to return later this fall!