By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
A photograph of a baby who would make any parent’s heart expand took Best of Show in the Chase County Fair Photography Contest this year. The black and white photo was taken by Kelsea Pankonin of Imperial and was entered in the Emotions category.
Organizer Stephanie Stromberger said 56 entries were received and judged. That number is up some from 2013.
She said the categories for next year’s contest will remain the same—childhood, summer fun, sunsets and emotions.
“I’ve received a lot of good comments about the categories,” she said.
The photographs will be displayed in the 4-H building all week during the fair. They must be picked up Sunday.
Winners in each category were:
Childhood—1,Kelsea Pankonin; 2, Amanda Pankonin; 3, Michaela Ketter; 4, Gabe Musquiz.
Summer Fun—1, Randy Hayes; 2, Dick Noyes; 3, Christy Colson; 4, Denise Smith.
Sunsets—1, Samuel Cahow; 2, Michaela Ketter; 3, Melda Musick; 4, Kelsey Steinkraus.
Emotions—1, Kelsea Pankonin; 2, Rhonda Smith; 3, Denise Smith; 4, Melda Musick.
The cash prizes included $75 for Best of Show, $40 for first place, $30 for second place, $20 for third place and $10 for fourth place.
The contest was sponsored in part by Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts.