The Youth Creating Art Together contest drew 15 participants with 10 receiving prizes. “It was a big challenge for the kids having to study the paintings with tape and rocks holding things down because of the strong winds,” said Lydia Gates, YCAT coordinator. Gates said three of the winners did not write down their last names, but she still wanted to acknowledge their efforts. Those three are Madelaine and Cheyenne, both 8, and Isabella, 10. Other winners were Jayne Timm, 8, Ethan Darnall, Margaret Beal, Jayden Hallowell and Mason Pedersen, all 10 years old, Kennedy Allen, 11, and Dakota Funk, 14.
Corin Parmley (foreground) finished third at this year’s annual “King of the Hill” Soap Box Derby held Saturday during the Labor Day Celebration in Florence. Racing next to Parmley was Kyle Horton, one of the other 26 boys and girls participating. John Swarm, derby coordinator, said the top three winners this year were Marissa Jacobson of Florence in first place, Evan Heidebrecht of Marion taking second and Parmley. Jacobson won a $250 gift certificate and all three drivers received a trophy. The derby has been a highlight for more than a decade, but three years ago, Swarm said, eight cars were fixed up and are supplied by the committee for participants to use.