27 January 2015
Sipping punch and munching on cookies baked by the culinary arts students at the high school, adults sat shoulder to shoulder while many kids plopped onto the floor up front, eager for a better view. Along the edges of the room were tables filled with artwork submissions from schoolchildren, and adult entries of photographs and graphic art hung on the walls.
The crowd laughed over and over as County Administrator Steve Nichols played winning video submissions filled with cute kids – singing songs, dancing around, or simply declaring Fluvanna “awesome.”
Nichols told the gathered crowd that the contests received 175 “amazing” entries from senior citizens down to preschool-aged children. The county will be able to use the entries in business and community marketing, he said, to attract new businesses and homeowners.
First Nichols announced the winners of the I Love Fluvanna contest, who received certificates, a Fluvanna window cling, and a cash prize. In the school age divisions four videos and two pieces of artwork took top prizes. A video, a book, and an art project won first place in the slots for “best in category.”
In the general category, Nichols himself took first prize for his Luv Fluvanna design. After the presentation Nichols explained his inspiration for the project: “I was driving when I suddenly said, ‘You know what? Fluvanna’s got L-U-V in it.’” After creating mock-ups of his design in different colors, he gave it over to the county to own.
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