The Town of Virden’s first ever photo contest generated some remarkable images, four of which won best-in-category prizes.
The winning photos were chosen by Arts Mosaic judges from a field of 35 entries. Each received a prize of $100.
There were five categories in the contest, but Economic Development Manager Liza Park says only four prizes were awarded as the judges felt none of the submissions fit the category of “Virden Business”.
The contest winners were announced at last week’s Community Expo held at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.
That event was also a first, organized by Park and the Virden Boost committee and funded by the Town of Virden. The goal was to introduce residents to the wealth of volunteer opportunities in the Virden area.
Park says 29 non-profit groups exhibited at the Expo including the Wallace District Fire Department, Virden Spray Park, Ducks Unlimited, SAIL, and Virden Pet Network.
They handed out information, answered questions about their programs, and some did fundraising from their booths. Candidates in the upcoming municipal election were also there to meet voters.
Although nobody counted, the event drew only a modest number of attendees. Park says they plan to improve the Expo and stage it again next year.
“I feel with this being a first time event, we can call it a successful one. The Boost Committee will meet and evaluate it, and hopefully be able to address some needs the organizations had and make it even better.”