Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days 2013 committee has announced the winners of its Third Annual Coloring Contest.
In conjunction with Lake of the Ozarks Eagles Days 2013 media sponsor The Lake Today, the Eagle Days 2013 committee asked children ages 12 and younger to color one of two provided pictures printed in publication and available during the event Jan. 5-6 and using their own creativity, style and imagination and turn it for judging.
With about 200 entries this year, the committee judged and selected 10 winners spanning two age divisions last week. Due to the high level of talent and creativity by the children entering the contest, the judges awarded prizes – one pass to Big Surf Water Park in Linn Creek – to one child in his or her age that submitted entries.
The 10 winners (which does not include last names to protect the children’s privacy, according to the Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days committee) are: Grace, 3; Alicia, 4; Samantha, 5; Asher, 6; Kimya, 7; Lauren, 8; Caleb, 9; Victoria, 10; Abigail, 11; and Lindsay, 12.
The 2013 Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days goes into the record books as a success, the committee also stated in a news release. More than 2,500 people attend the two day event over the first weekend in January from all over Missouri and surrounding states.
The committee was able to expand the event offering new components this year as well, which was a huge hit, they stated in the news release. In addition to World Bird Sanctuary offering Eagle programs at Osage National, Willmore Lodge hosted the Funny Farm Petting Zoo as well as Smith’s Wood Carvings in addition to the viewing opportunities enhanced by the Astronomy Club.
School of the Osage opened the doors of the Heritage Building welcoming Dickerson Park Zoo showcasing programs on Owls of Missouri and the ever popular coloring contest which had hundreds of entries along with the photo contest that had the most entries since its inception.
The committee was also able to add Owl educational programs for School of the Osage Leeland O. Mills Elementary and Upper Elementary, as well as Eldon Elementary on Friday before the event, which was enjoyed by hundreds of area children. The Boy Scouts along with the Master Naturalists added many new activities at the Osage River Access, including building a life size eagle’s next.
The committee would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who stepped up and sponsored the event as it would not be possible without those sponsorships. This event is a collaborative effort of many businesses and organizations that realize the importance of educating people about how many wonderful natural attributes are offered at Lake of the Ozarks, the committee members stated in a news release.
Visit www.lakeoftheozarkseagledays.com for winners of the coloring and photo contests as well as updates on what will be happening for the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days, tentatively set for Jan. 4-5, 2014.