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2023 I Love My County Art Contest Winners

Students in grades kindergarten through 8 were invited to share their artwork, expressing why they love their Kentucky county. The winners were recognized at the KACo Annual Conference and will be featured in the 2024 KACo Calendar. Congratulations to all of our winners! 


First place: Marley Redford

Age: 13
Grade: 8
County: Barren
School: Barren County Middle School

Artist's statement: I drew the town square because it is a special place in our county. Many trick or treat there, but in the Christmas season Santa is there for all the little ones and get warm milk and cookies.


Second place: Ashlynn Ramey

Age: 12
Grade: 7
County: Lyon
School: Ramey Homeschool

Artist's statement: This scene is my grandparents' barn on their farm in Lyon County. I love living in Lyon County because I enjoy the small, friendly town and the beautiful fields, trees, and lakes.


Third place: Bryna Cain

Age: 13
Grade: 8
County: Monroe
School: Monroe County Middle School

Artist's statement: This painting depicts a crisp October evening at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse, the oldest log church in the state of Kentucky. Not only does this state park have a vastly rich history, it also serves as a gathering spot for the knit folks of Monroe County. I love my county because you never meet a stranger and everywhere feels like home.


Kindergarten: Kylin Wilson

Age: 6
County: Henry
School: Campbellsburg Elementary School

Artist's statement: I drew the hills to my house. I love my county because there’s lots of room to play in the grass.


1st grade: Jaxon R. New

Age: 6
County: Lincoln
School: Hustonville Elementary

Artist's statement: I drew a picture of some of my favorite things. I get my hair cut at my uncle's barber shop, play at the park, get ice cream at the dairy dip. I was born here.


2nd grade: Autumn Schafer

Age: 7
County: Meade
School: Flaherty Primary

Artist's statement: I painted the herd of horses I see out my window on the drive to school. I love Meade County because it is beautiful!


3rd grade: Colson Barone

Age: 8
County: Campbell
School: Grant's Lick Elementary School

Artist's statement: I love my county because we have the best fair in the whole world! I look forward to spending the week at the Alexandria Fair in Campbell County every year. Some of my favorite things to do there are watch the parade, hang out in my dad's booth and hand out popcorn, ride the rides and play games, be in the chicken rodeo and greased pig contests and watch all the horse shows.


4th grade: Theadora Vannoy     

Age: 9
County: Hardin
School: Lincoln Trail Elementary

Artist's statement: Freeman Lake in Hardin County. I love Freeman Lake because I can go to their playground to play with family and friends. I can also enjoy the lovely views and trails.


5th grade: Yetzali Garcia-Cruz

Age: 10
County: Butler
School: Morgantown Elementary School

Artist's statement: I like our county because there are good people that will keep us safe. And always when we need them and we are grateful for the things that we have in our county like Green River bridge, the courthouses and the Green River. That is why I love my KY county.


6th grade: Emma Kate Hieneman

Age: 11
County: Boyd
School: Ashland Middle School

Artist's statement: I chose the Festival of Trees because I love going and voting for a tree. I love my county because it is amazing and has a lot of events. This is why I chose to draw the Festival of Trees.


7th grade: Kamryn Worley

Age: 12
County: Estill
School: Estill County Middle School

Artist's statement: This is the Irvine bridge. It recently got painted and is dark green. It is above the Kentucky River. I love my county because we drive over this a lot.


8th grade: Brianna Bloodgood

Age: 13
County: Hart
School: Le Grande Elementary

Artist's statement: The scene depicted is based off the Hart County Botanical Garden, with an additional Cardinal included because it is the Kentucky bird. I love Hart County because it is very beautiful, as well as the people in it.


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