The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 2nd annual Toy Soldier Contest this year where the public could purchase blank wooden templates from the Chamber and express their artistic ability by painting the soldiers which are now on display for the public to view through the New Year.

A total of 13 new soldiers were submitted for judging this year, in addition to those entered last year for a total of 29 soldiers currently on display primarily in the Downtown Historic District.

After a tough decision by the judges, the prize of $50 in Chamber Bucks Certificates was awarded to Mathew Morgan of Uniontown who painted his soldier as The Grinch. Mathew’s winning soldier, along with two others, may be viewed in front of Nate’s Place, 750 S. National Avenue. Other soldiers are along Main Street and in front of the Courtland Hotel.

The Chamber would like to thank all who participated and is looking forward to next year’s contest. For questions or more information, contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 or email [email protected].

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