Annual agricultural poster contest results
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School art students took first, second and honorable mention in the upper school division of the annual Agricultural Poster Contest facilitated each year by Aldermere Farm in Rockport.
All the posters were displayed during the farm's Calf Unveiling Day on May 10, and the winners received a variety of gift certificates and other prizes. First place went to Violet Bemis of Rockport, a junior who studies with Carolyn Brown, for her pen-and-ink and watercolor poster for Appleton Creamery. Second place went to Merrill Hall of Rockport, a senior who studies with Russell Kahn headed for the Ringling College of Art and Design, for his colored pencil poster for Hope Orchard. Honorable mention went to junior Caitlin McGrath of Hope, who also studies with Kahn, for her watercolor poster for Aldermere Farm.
Students in the Five Town Schools’ third through 12th grades showed their support for local foods and farms via the local Agricultural Poster Contest. Their work is a highlight of the annual Calf Unveiling Day, which not only shows off the newest baby Belties but also works to highlight other local farms and agricultural programs in the area.
Lindsey Pinchbeck of Sweet Tree Arts in Hope and Dena Davis of Stories By the Sea and Dena’s Barefoot Book Nook in Thomaston judged the contest this year. Both judges have connections to Aldermere through work and play and carefully worked together to select this year’s poster contest winners.
The lower-school winners are as follows. For grades 3 and 4, first place went to Meg Gleasner at Appleton Village School for a Maine Water Buffalo Company poster; second went to Milla Bonometti at Hope School for a Perennial Favorites poster; and honorable mention went to Steven Luce at Hope School for an Erickson Fields poster. For grades 5 and 6, first place went to Claire Wyman at Appleton Village for a Dorolenna Farm poster; tied second place went to Owen Pendleton at Appleton Village School for a Hope Orchard poster and Fiona Smith at Appleton Village School for a Sparky’s Honey and Maple poster; and honorable mention went to Ella Williams at Appleton Village School for a Sweet Season Farm poster.
Local businesses that donated prizes include the Owl & Turtle Bookshop, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Planet Toys, Reny’s, MRC, Michaels, Sweet Tree Arts, Subway, Aldermere Farm and TD Bank.