Orange City Ragbrai® Announces Art Contest Winner

  • Contest Judges

    Amanda Vazquez, Orange City Public Library Director: John Vander Stelt, Pizza Ranch Director of Creative Services; Lindsay Bauer, Orange City Arts Director; and Julia Huisman of Van Engelenhoven Agency.

First grader Sarah Nyenhuis creates colorful design featuring young cyclist, windmill.

Orange City, IA — Over 500 elementary-school-aged children in Orange City embraced the spirit of RAGBRAI® by creating original designs for the local kids’ art contest – but only one winning entry will now compete for the state-wide prize as communities throughout Iowa ready for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, which kicks off in the Northwest Iowa town.

Sarah Nyenhuis

Sarah Nyenhuis, who will be in second grade at Orange City Christian School this fall, was awarded local honors with her brightly-colored picture featuring a smiling cyclist and an iconic Dutch windmill representing Orange City.

“We were so impressed with the piece Sarah created,” reported Amanda Vazquez, one of the art contest judges. “She did a great job of incorporating both Orange City and RAGBRAI into her art, and the quality of her work was amazing.”

Charged with the task of selecting a winner among the 500 entries – each created on a provided 14.5×18” tulip-shaped sign and displayed throughout Orange City’s Windmill Park – were Vazquez, Orange City Public Library Director: Lindsay Bauer, Orange City Arts Director; John Vander Stelt, Pizza Ranch Director of Creative Services (an Orange City RAGBRAI Diamond Sponsor); and Julia Huisman of Van Engelenhoven Agency (also a Diamond Sponsor).

“All of us judging were excited to see the wide range of incredibly creative submissions,” said Vazquez. “We were blown away by the number of entries and the amount of effort put into them by local kids.”
Nyenhuis’ winning entry will now compete for state-wide RAGBRAI art contest honors for a grand prize of $350. The other artsy tulips will adorn the community of Orange City as it serves as the starting overnight host town on July 22.

According to Vazquez, “These signs are going to be a great feature of the weekend, welcoming the riders to Orange City with our trademark colorful tulips!”

Orange City Ragbrai® Announces Art Contest Winner
First grader Sarah Nyenhuis creates colorful design featuring young cyclist, windmill

Orange City, IA — Over 500 elementary-school-aged children in Orange City embraced the spirit of RAGBRAI® by creating original designs for the local kids’ art contest – but only one winning entry will now compete for the state-wide prize as communities throughout Iowa ready for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, which kicks off in the Northwest Iowa town.

Sarah Nyenhuis, who will be in second grade at Orange City Christian School this fall, was awarded local honors with her brightly-colored picture featuring a smiling cyclist and an iconic Dutch windmill representing Orange City.

“We were so impressed with the piece Sarah created,” reported Amanda Vazquez, one of the art contest judges. “She did a great job of incorporating both Orange City and RAGBRAI into her art, and the quality of her work was amazing.”

Charged with the task of selecting a winner among the 500 entries – each created on a provided 14.5×18” tulip-shaped sign and displayed throughout Orange City’s Windmill Park – were Vazquez, Orange City Public Library Director: Lindsay Bauer, Orange City Arts Director; John Vander Stelt, Pizza Ranch Director of Creative Services (an Orange City RAGBRAI Diamond Sponsor); and Julia Huisman of Van Engelenhoven Agency (also a Diamond Sponsor).

“All of us judging were excited to see the wide range of incredibly creative submissions,” said Vazquez. “We were blown away by the number of entries and the amount of effort put into them by local kids.”
Nyenhuis’ winning entry will now compete for state-wide RAGBRAI art contest honors for a grand prize of $350. The other artsy tulips will adorn the community of Orange City as it serves as the starting overnight host town on July 22.

According to Vazquez, “These signs are going to be a great feature of the weekend, welcoming the riders to Orange City with our trademark colorful tulips!”