The number and quality of the entries in the 2011 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest was outstanding.
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The judges spent a long time reviewing the art and all stated they had a very difficult time selecting the winners.
Jody Franklin, El Dorado County tourism director; Wendy Mattson, artist and Placerville city council member; and Diana Erickson, from Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, had the task of judging the posters.
The winners in the 6 and under category are: first, Jordan Bogar, 6, Placerville; second, Aurora Miller, 6, Pollock Pines; and third, Carson Watson, 6, Camino.
The winners in the 7 to 9 category are: first, Chloe Blankenship, 8, Placerville; second, Ellery Zacharias, 9, Placerville; and third, Kacie Watson, 8, Camino.
The winners in the 10 to 12 category are: first, Autumn Fowler-Vogal, 10, Shingle Springs; second, Haley Marshall, 11, Placerville; and third, Ashley Tolbert, 10, Diamond Springs.
This year the coloring contest was sponsored by the Mountain Democrat and the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op.
Melisa Clark is the store manager of the co-op, was at the awards ceremony to present the winners with gift cards and a basket of gifted from the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op. She also brought treats for the winners and family members to enjoy at the ceremony.
In addition to the items from the co-op, each first place winner won $25, second place won $15 and third place won $10.
The entries were judge on originality, neatness and imagination.
The winning entries can be seen at the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op, 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
The co-op provides the community with natural foods, certified organic produce and meat, organic milk and milk products, vegan meat substitutes, natural vitamins and supplements, organic canned and frozen foods, gluten free and raw foods, natural beauty items, natural cleaning items, natural pet foods and more.
There is also a deli with a selection of sandwiches, breads, baked goods and cheeses, most produced locally, plus, fresh, store made soup and a number of other hot, ready to eat main dishes to take home.
For more information call 530-621-3663.