Carroll County Times

Festival of Wreaths winners announced

"Take Wing" by Joyce Valentine won a People's Choice Award at the Carroll County Arts Council's 16th Annual Festival of Wreaths.

About 2,500 visitors attended the weeklong Festival of Wreaths, which ended Sunday, at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. The annual event, in its 16th year, is the Carroll County Arts Council's most significant fundraiser of the year.

Individuals, clubs and businesses created 150 wreaths that were on display in a silent auction for the week. At the end of the event, $15,700 was raised for the Arts Council.


Visitors voted on their favorite wreaths and the top six received People's Choice Awards. The Arts Center also awarded Spirit of Giving Awards to three contributors and Artistic Excellence Awards were given to 12.

Decorators interested in participating next year should contact the Arts Center in October.


The winners are as follows:

People's Choice
Pumped for the Holidays - Tevis Energy
Take Wing - Joyce Valentine
Music & Memories - Grace Lutheran Church
Razzle Dazzle Candy Land - Boys & Girls Club of Westminster
Very Vintage - Jeanne Carbaugh
Herons & Cattails - Nick Vincent
Other special entries the Arts Center would like to acknowledge include:

Spirit of Giving
Random Acts of Kindness - The McHugh Family
Superbowl - Manchester Family Medicine
Goodness Gracious - The Gaddis Family

Artistic Excellence
It's a Jungle Out There - Melinda Byrd for Byrdcall Studio
Baby Needs Shoes for Christmas - CC Bureau of Child Support Enforcement
Home is Where the Heart is - Ashley Davis
She Sells Sea Shells - Kristen Davis
Gorgeous Glass Grapes - Nolly Gelsinger
Duct the Walls - Brooke & Kim Meixsell
Festive Fibers - Montessori School of Westminster
Let There be Pies on Earth - Kim Prati
Land that I Love - Lili Reoli
Zippidy Doo Dah - Mallory van Fossen
Petite Picture - Virginia Beamer
Peacock Pizzazz - Sharon Royer