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Love shines through mist
at 16th Annual CKWC Fall Market 

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Vicki Lowery Crumpley (left) is seen with her friend and colleague Jane Moore. Both of these women are very active members of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club, and like so many of the club’s members, they embody the essence of all that is good and right with humanity.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 26, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
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The 2022 Cedar Key Woman’s Club’s Annual Fall Market, held on Saturday (Nov. 26) in the community of Sumner, once again brought people together with a foundation of love for one another -- serving as the solid ground from some ongoing traditions.


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Looking at the big yellow clubhouse on a gloomy Saturday morning, a person not yet familiar with the spirit of kindness thereabouts would have no idea that just steps away they are bound to find the Annual Fall Market again providing a day-brightening set of experiences. So, step, step, step and Bingo!

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Paintings and other forms of art set on tables and the ground and prove to be plentiful and ready for purchase.

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Aha! Globs of Christmas lights beckon to a buyer ready to add to their decorations. It’s so seasonal.

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Looking down from the porch of the clubhouse, some of the people selling things in the front yard show a bit of decline in number from last year; however, the high quality of available items and the high caliber of vendors once again made the day.

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This decoration – Hope – created by Tina Berger, lights up. Berger said it looks better in the dark, but even under the cloudy skies, this handmade battery-powered work was great. Also at the table were clay sculptures, baked in the oven; bottlecap art that was excellent and astounding, tie-dye shirts, tie-dye art and more.

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Books, DVDs, puzzles and games were all available at the Fall Market and they were all priced to go.

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Serving people by selling them pastry items from Granny's Pantry Bake Sale – for the first year on the front yard – are (from left) Teresa Stevens, Judy Treharne, Lorraine Gramolini and Pat Stephens, just some of the many Cedar Key Woman’s Club members volunteering in this fundraising effort.

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Chris Black and Rosemary Danesa (not pictured) are the top chefs this year at The Snack Bar.

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Kathy Salkaln remains ready to offer an opportunity to anyone who wants to participate in the raffle for a quilt to help fund The Fisher House for Veterans. The CKWC helps veterans as they have for many, many years now.

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Judy Duvall is the Cedar Key Woman’s Club member seen here who is helping in the fundraising effort by selling the wonderful 2023 CKWC Calendars, as well as books by author Susan Engle Roquemore. 

     Love, hope and faith burned through misty weather. While the Sun did not put any sunbeams on the scene for this, the 16th Annual Cedar Key Woman’s Club Fall Market, and even though the tiny droplets of water in the air at first caused some very minor inconvenience, by 9:30 a.m. or so the itsy-bitsy floating globs of precipitation had vanished.
     While the weather is not a sure bet, as is the case each year, some traditions held fast. Some traditions showed modifications, too. And there were some new aspects of the fun annual event, as well.
     As for the yellow clubhouse at 7391 State Road 24, some smart carpenter added halved PVC pipes on top of the wooden handrails going up the steps, and this made holding the rail while ascending or descending the stairs to be even more reassuring. And as has been the case and continued Saturday, the ramp on the western side of the structure provided access for those who might see steps as too challenging.
     Each year there are reunions of old friends and acquaintances. This year’s hugs were a nice return to civility after a couple of years of masks and distance to prevent illness and death from COVID-19.
     And so, that human warmth that glowed through the mist this year, and which beamed through masks and distance last year, must be what burned off the mist floating in the air to some degree at the outset of the market at 9 a.m.
     Each year, too, there are opportunities galore to speak with artists and creators of crafts.

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David Wilson Roquemore and Susan Engle Roquemore are seen in front of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club Clubhouse. She is holding the book The Crocked Pot: A Cookbook of Stories. The quilt to help fund The Fisher House is seen in the background, up on the front porch of the clubhouse.

     As serendipity, fate and the like would have it, one journalist seized an opportunity to speak with an author and her husband, who also is an author, to learn some about their lives.
     Susan Engle Roquemore, a well-known local columnist and author, has been married to David Wilson Roquemore for 58 years now. Among their many adventures were two trips along the whole Appalachian Trail, a six-month sojourn through some beautiful mountainous regions in the eastern United States. The Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail in that extends about 2,200 miles between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It passes through 14 states.
     David Roquemore joked that they hiked it twice, and they are still married. Not joking, however, Susan broke her leg on the first of those momentous hikes.
     Author and columnist Susan Roquemore composed the books Water Under the Number 4 Bridge: A Memoir of the Beacon Years (1988-1993); Turn Left at the Big Osprey Nest: More From The Beacon Years (1988-1993); and The Crocked Pot: A Cookbook of Stories.
     The first two books are from her writing for the Cedar Key Beacon. Both of those books are noted as reflecting the author's years of newspaper column writing, primarily for the weekly Cedar Key Beacon. “Her columns cover the waterfront (depending on the tide of her mind at the time), ranging from family memories and everyday life in Cedar Key to the great outdoors.”
     The Crocked Pot: A Cookbook of Stories includes recipes from her days growing up in Tampa, where she and her husband David were married. Among the recipes are Cuban sandwiches, black bean soup, chicken and yellow rice.
     As one promotion for The Crocked Pot: A Cookbook of Stories notes “Here also are recipes moderately weird, such as Possum on the Half-Shell and Wild Hog Sausage. If these are not to your taste, follow her attempts to stuff a wild manicotti or get the grit out of wild clams. Gather wild oysters and pine nuts along the way and learn to use those mysterious Ball canning jars without poisoning the neighborhood. A fun cookbook, put together by the ‘Bean Queen’ of Cedar Key.”
     These are three books. David Roquemore said there is “a fourth book in the car” as he spoke with a journalist on Saturday. 
     A Little Trail Romance: A Mostly-True Story is a book by David Wilson Roquemore and Susan Engle Roquemore;
     Originally published March 3 of this year, A Little Trail Romance: A Mostly-True Story is a book where it is noted, “It’s time to take a stroll over hill and dale, up and down mountains without number, across rushing streams, and even along small-town sidewalks and into local bars. Follow the adventures of the Hermit and his beloved Dragon Lady as they seek to tame the many aspects of America’s legendary Appalachian Trail (and somehow still manage to remain married).”
     Susan worked for years as a nurse and David practiced law as an attorney in the Orlando area long before their ventures in hiking and providing enjoyable reading materials came to fruition.
     They enjoyed traveling, perhaps bitten by the travel bug from a trip to Europe David’s father took them on, which his father earned selling auto parts in the 1960s.
     In the 1970s, the couple went to London, Austria, Greece and Yugoslavia. As their three children became older, the couple took two of them to all 50 states, and one child went to 49 states.
     Among their means of travel on some trips were miles covered in a 20-foot motorhome, which included a vacation the family took traveling from Orlando to Alaska during a 110-day tour that David is certain their children remember still.
     As for the hiking tours with full backpacks and all, that came from a seed germinated from the couple’s participating with one son in the Outward Bound program, David said. Back then, that one teenaged son had become a bit “too teenagery,” and the Outward Bound program helped center him as well as providing the two adults with a wealth of experiences – lending to their hiking, hiking and hiking in the mountains.
     While Susan was learning to become a nurse in Gainesville, decades ago, she was a staff member of The Alligator, which was the predecessor of what became The Independent Florida Alligator in the 1960s. She also wrote as a “stringer” (an independent contractor) for the Gainesville Sun.
     Even before she wandered into the office of the college newspaper, she had an inclination to serve the readers as a reporter. In the 1940s, she wrote for a neighborhood newspaper.
     By the way, the couple gives the CKWC as many copies of those books as the club wants and 100 precent of the sales from those books goes to the worthy causes of this woman’s club, which is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
     Beyond buying her books from the CKWC, literary patrons may also purchase them currently at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum, and Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy events.
     The books can be checked out at public libraries in Levy County, and at the Smathers Library (also known as Library East) on the University of Florida campus.
     Susan and David Roquemore were among the many people enjoying the Cedar Key Woman’s Club Fall Market.
     This annual event is one of the fundraisers for the CKWC. 
     As usual, there were local artisans and crafts for show and sale. There was a flea-market style of tables and open tent coverings on the front yard.
     Also available to buy were the CKWC 2023 Calendars, and the books by author Roquemore.
      A snack bar was provided for patrons as a place to purchase snacks, including hotdogs, sloppy Joes, chips and beverages. There were “meal” deals, too, that included baked beans.
     Granny's Pantry Bake Sale again offered more opportunities for diners to help fund the CKWC’s many missions of service to the community and the people.
     This year, the Pantry was moved from the Clubhouse, down to the yard.
     The Fisher House Quilt Raffle was open for people to buy a chance to win the quilt and help veterans and their families. The winner of the raffle will be announced on the island during the Annual Cedar Key Spring Art Show.
     The Cedar Key Woman’s Club helps countless charitable causes, and even its fundraisers are fun and helpful to people, as demonstrated Saturday during the Fall Festival.
     The 2023 Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar was a fantastic hit, again, and people bought them for themselves and for their family and friends. 
      As noted, this year there was some mist in the air and it was continuously cloudy
     The yard sale atmosphere of the event was a bit scant in contrast with last year on the front yard of the house.

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Tina Berger and her son Darrius Berger are seen with his tie-dyed shirts and art prominently displayed. Tina had many of her works for sale there, too.

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Beth Davis, a relatively well-known former teacher and former member of the Levy County School Board, is also relatively well-known for her former quilt shop – The Salty Needle, which used to be relatively close to the United States Post Office in Cedar Key. Here, she is showing some of the zillion or so panels of beautiful material she had available for people to buy.

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Polly White of Gilchrist County stands near some of her amazing and beautiful wind chimes made from seashells. Also available from this vendor were delicious loaves of sweet potato bread and banana bread.


Frankenstein earns
Community Service Award from FCSAA

FGC Theatre student Austin Akins as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in FGC’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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By Stephen Culotti, Public Information Coordinator
Nov. 22, 2022 at 6:12 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Florida Gateway College Performing Arts’ production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has received a Superior Rating from the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA).


     The production also was awarded the Community Service Award for its work with the Columbia County School District to present a free performance for 500 local middle school students.
These accolades mark the third time FGC Theatre has received the Community Service Award and the third production in a row to receive a Superior Rating, following The Little Prince and The Crucible.
     October’s staging of Frankenstein in the Levy Performing Arts Center brought to life a new adaptation by Alexander Utz and featured innovative shadow theatre techniques to combine the story of Dr. Frankenstein’s monstrous creation with the real-life story of author Mary Shelley.
     The show was directed by FGC Theatre Professor Todd Siff and featured a cast and crew of 27, consisting of FGC students and local community members.
     The FCSAA’s rating is based on a wide range of criteria including acting, directing, sound and lighting, costume and set design, and the venue and theater-going experience. The production earned a score of 92/100 and was given specific recognition for the commitment of the actors to their characters, the “pervading doom” conveyed by the musical selections, and the show’s “wonderful” use of shadow play. A perfect 10/10 score was given for the venue and overall audience experience.
     Austin Akins (in the role of Victor Frankenstein), Ian Carr (the Creature), Roberto Soto (Lord Byron), and the show’s crew each received special acknowledgment and were recommended to receive FCSAA Pins for their outstanding performances.


Duck Race helps WGP
Duck Race 2022
Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve and Friends of the Little Yellow Rubber Duck WGP fundraising mission (from left) Peter Weiss, Mary Pate, Annie Sayward and Helen Ciallella are seen on the dock next to the river on Sunday (Nov. 20). Meanwhile, in the background, the Blackwater Restaurant, 6301 Riverside Drive, in Yankeetown, stands as a landmark beckoning to boaters, canoeists, kayakers, and land-based motorists as well as walking pedestrians and pedaling pedestrians to enter and enjoy food and drink.

By Jeff M. Hardison

Photos By Dorsey DeMaster
© Nov. 21, 2022 at 5:12 p.m.
The Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club held another wonderful seafood festival, and art show and sale, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 19 and 20) near the riverbank of the Withlacoochee River that flows through Yankeetown.


Duck Race 2022
A duck wrangler holds up the first duck to cross the finish line.

Duck Race 2022
Duck wranglers launch 725 ducks in the biggest duck race so far in the history of the Withlacoochee River where it passes through Yankeetown. No ducks were harmed and a good time was had by all, according to all reports.

     On Sunday (Nov. 20), amidst some occasional mist and a few drops of bigger liquid precipitation, the Lions continued the seafood and art fundraiser to help bring in some money to aid in their many noble missions.
     As has become tradition, a duck race helped in a separate fundraiser for a worthy cause during the festival, too.
     Duck wranglers in kayaks serving at the behest of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Inc. sent a record 725 ducks down the river on Sunday (Nov. 20) at high noon, just as scheduled.
     The relatively chilly and wet weather did not slow down the fundraiser, nor did it halt the honorable little yellow rubber ducks from doing their jobs in this endeavor!
     The winning duck was #651, and that duck was sponsored by Tracy Fialkowski. She earned her $200. Fialkowski donated $100 back to the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (WGP).
     The last duck over the line was #400. That duck was sponsored by Paul Skipper, who gave the whole $50 back to the Friends. The Friends noted their sincere appreciation to everyone for supporting the WGP via the duck race again this year.
     “Visit often,” the Friends noted.
     The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is a 413-acre parcel of undeveloped wetlands located on Florida’s Nature Coast. It consists of mixed hardwood, pine and cabbage palm forest, tidal marshes, and several salt ponds. The Preserve has a 30-foot tall observation tower, a salt pond boardwalk, a Gulf accessible canoe/kayak dock, and a 4,500 square-foot Education Center. Located at 1001 Old Rock Road, just off of Levy County Road 40 West, in Yankeetown, the Preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk.


CF Ireland study abroad
program open to community

Information Provided 
By Lisa McGinnes | College of Central Florida
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Published Nov. 16, 2022 at 4:12 p.m.
     OCALA —
Community members are invited to join College of Central Florida students and faculty on a study abroad trip to Ireland in summer 2023.

     Applications are open now for the educational trip across Ireland from July 16-27, 2023. This expedition will have a special focus on humanities and health sciences.
     The CF Road Scholar program, in partnership with the Study Abroad Association, is dedicated to facilitating education through international experiences that provide diverse and interesting opportunities for experiential learning.
     The deadline to apply for the Ireland trip is March 31, 2023. Total cost is approximately $2,745 and includes 10 nights’ accommodations, all ground transportation, three traditional dinners, daily continental breakfast and a full-time guide. Program price is an estimate until tickets are finalized. Scholarships may be available to assist with program costs. Round-trip airfare is not included.
     Trip highlights include activities such as: Dublin literary pub tour; Book of Kells and Trinity College tour; Cliffs of Moher and Burren full-day tour; Medieval Galway walking tour; Irish dance and songs show; and visits to health care related facilities.
     This trip can be taken for academic credit or for the experience as a noncredit opportunity. Being enrolled as a CF student is not required.
     For more information, click HERE or call Wendy Adams at 352-854-2322, ext. 1546.


Everyone is invited to celebrate
the holidays
at the CF Appleton Museum of Art

Santa at the Museum
Pose for photos with Santa from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the museum café on Dec. 3.

Story and Photos Provided
By Lisa McGinnes | College of Central Florida
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Published Nov. 2, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.
     Everyone is invited to the celebration.

     This year, the museum’s majestic oaks will be lit with twinkling lights. Additional large-scale decorations will adorn the grounds with holiday cheer.
     On view from Nov. 8 through Jan. 8, “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family’s Holiday Exhibition” returns to the first floor of the museum. This beloved annual display is from the collection of Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie. In addition to beautifully decorated trees, see the architecture, customs and history of Victorian England come alive in the popular miniature Dickens Village, alongside an extensive collection of nutcrackers from all around the world and handmade Byers’ Choice caroler dolls.

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Visitors enjoy The Dickens Village by Department 56.

Appleton Museum
Visit the second floor for trees decorated by community groups.

     On the second floor, enjoy trees decorated by community groups and organizations. Participating organizations include the City of Ocala, Hiers-Baxley Community Care, Ocala Civic Theatre, TJM Promos and Urban Family Counseling.
      “The Appleton is happy to welcome back this longstanding tradition of holiday fun, and we thank our community partners who are participating in this year’s community tree display,” said Victoria Billig, assistant director at the Appleton.
     On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the annual Community Day event, sponsored by the Urban family, offers free admission. Visit the permanent collection and special exhibitions including “A Dickens Christmas” and “Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art” and make holiday crafts in the Artspace. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium, enjoy a free holiday photo op with Belle and the Beast from Once Upon a Party. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the café. Food trucks will be on-site throughout the day.
     If you’re searching for the perfect holiday gift, an Appleton Museum of Art membership is truly the gift that gives all year. A variety of membership levels are offered to fit the needs of every individual, couple or family. Visit AppletonMuseum.org for membership details. We also invite you to visit the Appleton Store any time with no admission fee to find unique gifts for all ages including artist-made jewelry, art books and activities for adults and children, holiday home decor and more.

About the Urban Family Collection
     Joyce Urban’s love of Christmas began when she was a child in the city of Philadelphia. Every year, she would go see the elaborate decorations at the department stores that were set up along the path she walked as she went to see Santa.
     This wonder of Christmas has stayed with her through the years. She began publicly displaying her collection in 1989 because she wanted to provide a place for children of all ages to experience the holiday magic she enjoyed as a child.
     Over the years, her Christmas Tour has raised money for many local charities including Harvest International, Interfaith, Pilot Club, Women’s Pregnancy Center and the Counseling Resource Center where she once worked as a counselor. In 2012, Joyce opened Urban Counseling where she continues her legacy of helping others.

Appleton Museum
D A collection of handmade Santas are on display in the museum lobby.

     The Appleton Museum, Artspace and store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. As a campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.


CF accepting artist proposals
for new campus art

By Lisa McGinnes | College of Central Florida
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Published Oct. 27, 2022 at 1:12 p.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida has received a grant to fund the design and installation of a new piece of art at one of its campus locations.

     All artists are welcome to submit proposals for consideration.
     All proposals should be inspired by themes of learning, growth and support. The art may contain any medium (e.g. mural, sculpture, interactive media, etc.) but should be made of long-lasting material suitable for a permanent installation. The winning selection will be installed at one of three designated locations at the college’s Ocala Campus, Wilton Simpson Citrus Campus or Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus.
     The grant provides a payment of $2,000 to the artist to cover materials, labor and installation. Additional funds may be available based on project scope. Proposals will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2022 and will be reviewed by the CF Campus Art Committee. The winning proposal will be scheduled for creation and installation in spring 2023.
     Interested artists may view locations, get details and submit a proposal online at www.CF.edu/CampusArt. The artist must be available to create the installation and attend an opening reception at a designated time in spring 2023.
     Inquiries regarding the submission process or donation of materials / funds for the art installation should be directed to Rachel Cote at coter@cf.edu or 352-873-5800, ext. 1373.


International Film Series
returns to the College of Central Florida

By Lisa McGinnes, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
College of Central Florida
Published July 28, 2022 at 11:12 a.m.
Updated Oct. 16, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
     OCALA —
Films from across the globe that center around themes of humor and perseverance will take center stage in this year’s Ira Holmes International Film Series at the College of Central Florida.

     A full season of in-person film events kicked off Sept. 13.
      “As the late, great Charlie Chaplin proclaimed, ‘A day without laughter is a day wasted,’” said series founder and CF Professor Ira Holmes. “We’re proud to announce that we’re back after two seasons of stream-from-home films, drive-in screenings and virtual film talks. We made it work during a difficult time for our community and our supporters. Now we’re ready to resume seeing movies together in an auditorium with the ability to share our thoughts and feelings. Laughter is therapy, and smiles are also acceptable! In the spirit of the much-loved film classic ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ we’re ready to ‘make ’em laugh.’”
     This year’s first film was “Wild Men.”
     All of the films are being shown at  the Appleton Museum at the Ocala campus of the College of Central Florida, as noted below.

Series Schedule
Jan. 17 – “Victoria & Abdul”
Jan. 31 – “Parasite”
Feb. 14 – Scary Movie Date Night: “Get Out”
     On Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m.
, Dr. Gilbert Rodman will lead a “Get Out” Black History Month film talk at the CF Ocala Campus in Building 8, Room 110. The talk also will be live on Zoom.
Feb. 28 – “Neptune Frost”
March 14 – “La Ciénaga”

     All films will be shown Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, and at 7 p.m. at the College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road, Building 8, Room 110, unless otherwise noted. Films at the Ocala Campus are free and open to the public. Films at the Appleton are free to all museum and film series members; nonmembers pay museum admission. Films may contain mature content.
     For more details, visit https://www.cf.edu/student-life/arts-and-culture/international-film-series/.


FWC to host
Florida State Fish Art Contest

FWC fish art contest
A wahoo drawn by last year’s 10-12 grade first place winner, Juliana Sessum.

Story and Art Provided
By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Published Sept. 20, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with Wildlife Forever, recently announced that the 25th Anniversary Fish Art Contest is now open.

     Since 1997, the contest has grown into an internationally recognized youth conservation program, drawing thousands of entries each year from across the country.
     The FWC will host the Florida State Fish Art Contest again this year for the state. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade can compete in this free contest for a chance to win state and national honors and prizes. This program inspires creativity while developing the next generation of anglers and conservationists.
      “Fish Art started as an idea to celebrate the state fish of Minnesota, the walleye. Today, students from all over the world participate to learn about fish, water resources and conservation. We continue to see lives changed where participation in the Fish Art contest serves as building blocks for lifelong stewardship of natural resources,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
     One first place winner and one runner up will be selected for each grade bracket (kindergarten through third grade, fourth through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grade and tenth through twelfth grade), one for illustrating the best freshwater fish species and one for the best saltwater fish species. All first-place winners will advance to the National Competition to be judged for top prizes, such as the Best of Show. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, 2023, so start designing today!
     To enter, students from Florida should submit their entry at Wildlife Forever – Florida Art, consisting of the following:
     An original piece of artwork featuring any fish including one or more of the following Florida native species from the same category: 
     Category 1 – Freshwater: largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, channel catfish, Florida gar, chain pickerel, bowfin.
     Category 2 – Saltwater: snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, flounder, tarpon, mahi-mahi, Spanish mackerel, hogfish, queen snapper, black grouper. 
     A piece of creative writing, no longer than one page, about the chosen species (required for grades 4-12).

Florida Prizes
     First place winners in the 10-12 grade bracket will receive 10 T-shirts printed with their artwork to give to family and friends from our partner The Florida Nomad and the shirts will also be available for sale on their website.
     The two first place winners from each grade bracket, from each category will have their artwork displayed in FWC’s freshwater or saltwater regulations guide.
     All first-place winners will have their artwork displayed at the FWC headquarters in Tallahassee.



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