Dover’s First Friday in August provided colorful event

DOVER — Young artists from around the city of Dover put their emerging talents on display during August’s First Friday event downtown that celebrated National Coloring Book Day.

In fact, more than 60 children and youth participated in the August First Fridays coloring contest in which they put their artwork down on “Three Counties Delaware,” a coloring page that was designed by Gary Knox, owner of Forney’s Too, a gift store located at 102 Loockerman Street.

“Seeing so many colorful entries strung up for judging was so moving,” said Diane Laird, executive director of the Downtown Dover Partnership. “We have a wonderful group of talented, young artists right here in the Dover community and we will provide more arts opportunities to continue to inspire them.”

It turned out that girls ruled the day in the August contest, in which the participants presented their colorful artwork in a variety of media, including colored pencils, markers, crayon, glitter, and even feathers and mini-yarn balls, on the coloring page that depicted ladybugs, horseshoe crabs and blue hens repeated within each of Delaware’s counties.

Clara Bell won the 5 & under category, while Maggie Wieber came out on top in 6- to 9-year-olds, Haylee Walgren finished first in 10- to 13-year-olds and Mary Roisland was tops in 14 to 18.

The winners were presented with $25 gift certificates that were donated by downtown merchants, including La Baguette Bakery, Forney’s Too, The Delaware Store and Tina’s Timeless Threads.

The judges.

All the participants that placed among the top three received a Delaware Mints Tin from Forney’s Too.
Stephanie Adams, community liaison for Nemours Fund for Children’s Health and Mr. Knox served as judges for the contest.

Also, at the August First Friday event, downtown Dover merchants and Destination Downtown Dover donated $382.75 to Nemours duPont Pediatrics’ Dover office through the First Friday Gives Back charitable program run by the Downtown Dover Partnership.

“We are honored that the merchants of downtown Dover chose to generously support the Nemours duPont Pediatric office in Dover for the August First Friday,” said Ms. Adams. “Dover is lucky to have so many small business owners with generous hearts, who give back to the community that they are a part of.

“I also enjoyed being part of the coloring contest and seeing the talent of our youngest community members. It was quite difficult to pick winners with so many talented, budding artists.”
In September, the beneficiary will be Delaware Autism. For list of participating merchants, visit:
Reach staff writer Mike Finney at 302-741-8230 or

August First Fridays coloring contest winners
5 & Under
First Place: Clara Bell
Second Place: Ashlynn McDermott
Third Place: Vienna Estrada
6 to 9
First Place: Maggie Wieber
Second Place: Layla Jade Kelley
Third Place: Kamryn Flynn
10 to 13
First Place: Haylee Walgren
Second Place: Emma Kozel
Third Place: Alyvia Weeks
14 to 18 First Place: Mary Roisland

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