Lincoln County Republican Party held its monthly meeting Thursday evening, May 17 in the courthouse lobby in Chandler where winners of the recent art contest were announced and where plans were finalized for the Lincoln Day Dinner which will be held Saturday evening, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the County Agri-Civic Center at the county fairgrounds in Chandler.

Tickets are now on sale from various volunteers around the county for the dinner where Republican candidates for statewide offices, as well as local legislative and county office candidates, will speak to the crowd. Don Sporleder, county GOP chairman, said several of the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and other state offices, as well as all the local candidates, have confirmed they will be in attendance. Each candidate will be given five minutes to speak at the event.

Many of the candidates will have display tables and will be mingling with the crowd to campaign and get acquainted.

The Ann Davis Band of the Meeker area will be providing entertainment for the evening and will begin playing music at 5:30 in the banquet hall. The dinner, catered by Five Star Barbecue of Stroud, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The party will also have a silent auction on various gift baskets and items donated by area businesses and individuals.

A work day has been set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 for volunteers to meet at the fairgrounds to set up tables and decorate for the dinner. All volunteer work will be appreciated.

Tickets at $15 in advance and will be $20 at the door.

Art Contest Winners

Winners of the recent countywide art contest sponsored by county Republicans will also be honored and recognized at the dinner.

Winners of the contest, “Landmarks of Lincoln County”, were recently announced and cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be presented to the top three winners at the June 9 dinner. All 25 of the entrants who competed in the contest have been invited and those who are present will be recognized.

Top five winners were the following: 1st, Anthony Ross, Wellston senior, who painted a scene of the Butcher Stand Barbecue in Wellston; 2nd, Sidney Wilson, Wellston senior, who painted a scene of the WWI memorial statue on Main Street in Carney; 3rd, Tyler Wildrix, Wellston freshman, who drew the First Methodist Church in Wellston; 4th, Brooklin Mattheyer, Davenport sophomore, who painted a scene featuring the historic Ozark Trail marker east of Davenport; and 5th, Tricity Ross, Wellston, who painted a scene on Manvel Ave. in Chandler featuring the county historical museum.

Honorable mention awards went to the following Delaney McWhorter, Wellston junior, who painted a rural farm scene north of Wellston; Brandi Martin, Davenport junior, who painted a scene showing the Welcome to Davenport sign on Route 66; Emily McGee, Davenport sophomore, who painted a rural scene showing the Ozark Trail marker east of Davenport; Dylan Stieber, Wellston senior, who painted the historic H & S Theatre in downtown Chandler; and Kyle Hobill, Davenport sophomore, who drew the Welcome to Chandler sign and nearby metal buffalo sculpture on Route 66.