In the amateur photography contest, the Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency looked for those perfect shots of summer events and attractions that make the Lawrence County unique.  With approximately thirty-three entries, the task of choosing was difficult; however, three photos emerged as winners.

The first place winner, “Civil War Encampment”, depicted the cannon reenactment during the McConnells Mill Heritage Festival. The photographer was Lillie Dregseth of New Castle.

“Balloon Fest”, capturing the hot air balloons floating in the sky during the Western PA Balloon Quest, was the second place winner.    Ted Stram from Bessemer was the photographer.

Michelle Brzuz from Grove City was named the third place winner for her photo entitled “Peacock Pride.”  The photo captured the beautifully majestic peacock from a favorite local attraction, Living Treasures Wild Animal Park.

Honorable mention was given to Cindy Welch from Edinburg whose image “Amish Sunday” portrayed a Sunday in the Amish Countryside.

Rounding out the top ten photos were, in no particular order, “Fly Fishing at Cascade Park” submitted by Joseph Hanna, New Castle; “Summer Kitchen” submitted by Michelle Brzuz, Grove City; “Swing Your Partner” submitted by Dorothy Monahan, Oil City; “Fireworks Celebration” submitted by Tom Watson, Enon Valley; “Wild Ride at the Fair” submitted by Harriet Grossman, Grove City; “The Old Gristmill”, submitted by Ted Stram, Bessemer.

“We were very pleased with the photos submitted. Each photographer did a great job of fulfilling the requirements given in the application” said Janet Falotico, executive director of Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency. “The photo contest not only allows three winners to receive a monetary prize but it is building a photo library of the county.  Many of last year’s photos were used in regional and national publications, as part of our marketing strategy.”

The entire listing of photographs submitted may be viewed on the tourism Pinterest site www.Pinterest.com/visitlawrenceco/. The top ten photos will be displayed at the agency’s annual dinner, Monday, November 17th.  For more information call 724-654-8408.

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