Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gothic Days Art Contest and 5K Results

Eldon—The atmosphere of Gothic Days 2008 was a bit different this year as many people still didn’t know what to expect from the rising water levels. Visitors, children and months of planning, however, would not be deterred.

The American Gothic House Art Contest, co-sponsored by Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon (G.A.T.E.) and the American Gothic House Center (AGHC), was judged Friday evening, June 13 by Cindy Woodbury, Chris Abigt and Laura Frana. Despite limited entries, it was a tough contest to judge with two entries just one point (out of 150) apart.

Congratulations go out to Aundera Tubb of Ottumwa, Iowa, winner of the sixth through eighth grade division, Bethany Hemm of Granby, Colorado, winner of the ninth through twelfth grade division, and Margit Trautmann of Ottumwa, Iowa, winner of the adult division. Most of the entries will remain on display at the AGHC through the end of the month, where they will then be on display at the July 4th Fairfield First Friday Art Walk before being returned to the artists.

Early Saturday morning, June 14, 20 running and walking enthusiasts came out to participate in the first annual American Gothic 5K event. The group started at the AGHC, and then wound through the town of Eldon before trekking back up the hill to the finish line. Chad Damin of Freeport, Iowa won the overall first place men’s trophy and Michelle Albert of Eldon, Iowa won the overall first place women’s trophy.

The weekend concluded Sunday morning, June 15, with 13 biking enthusiasts riding down Highway 16 to Douds and back for a total of 21 miles. It was a beautiful morning with the sun shinning, moderate temperatures and a friendly breeze.

Thank you to the many individuals who helped plan and participated in these events.

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