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Vote For Your Favorite RAGBRAI Kid's Art

  • 23 June, 2010
  • Jared

The children of the RAGBRAI XXXVIII overnight communities were invited to participate in the annual RAGBRAI Kids’ Art Contest.  The contest called for students in kindergarten through fifth grade to incorporate their town’s RAGBRAI theme into colorful artwork. The artwork could be drawings, paintings or sculptures. The children’s artwork will be displayed throughout the communities to promote RAGBRAI spirit and help decorate the towns.

Towns held community-wide contests and selected one entry to the state-wide contest. The winning artist will receive a grand prize of $350 from RAGBRAI.

We need your help to select the winning artwork! Entries can be submitted through Monday, July 12, 2010 at 5 p.m. The winning artwork and artist will be announced during RAGBRAI.

Click here to view the children’s artwork and to vote

Congratulations to these town winners:

Sioux City
Paetin Comes
10 years old

Storm Lake
Kevin Godinez
10 years old

Nick Soenen
11 years old

Clear Lake
Mia Katter
9 years old

Charles City
Amelia Brinkman
8 years old

Kendra Finch
8 years old


  1. Erin


    The pictures really aren’t very clear at all… is there any way you could provide true-to-size pictures? Or at least something a little closer? Thanks!



  2. Jared

    Erin, when you go to the voting page, you can see the nelarged, clear images. Thanks TJ

  3. Beth

    TJ- I am Amelia’s mom, the winner of the Charles City contest. I am very upset with the lack of communication concerning this contest. We were not even aware of this voting until this past Saturday (July 10th) and you are already concluding the voting tonight at 5. The way this was done is completely unfair. You would think the host town’s ragbrai committees would have been notified at least. Since we just found out about this, I want to thank you all in Des Moines for breaking my little girl’s heart since she clearly stood no chance because of your lack of communication which made this a very unfair contest. For such a big deal as RAGBRAI, I am truely shocked, and also furious that my e-mails to various committee members in Des Moines went unanswered in dealing with this matter. Ragbrai has definately put a sour taste in my mouth. In the future I would hope that you either do it fair and right or forget the entire thing. As far as the other 5 contestants, I hope you had a better experience in this than we did. Because of the way this contest was held, the only fair thing to do would be to award EACH host town’s winner $350. It would be a small price to pay for the upset that it has caused here anyway.

  4. Crystal

    We were never notified of when the contest began either. It wasn’t until a week after it had already started that we heard about it from someone who saw it in our local paper. I agree that communication was poor. It was mostly through my family and us sending out emails to everyone we knew, that got my son most of his votes.

  5. Beth

    Crystal- Thank you for your input. It calms me a little to know that others weren’t notified either. But still, after my initial post and the e-mails that I sent, they finally responded long enough to let me know how busy the committee is. AWWW…… Too bad! If you can’t hold and properly conduct something as simple as a kids art contest- with only 6 total projects mind you — don’t even do it, because the dissapointment is HUGE for kids at any age, especially when they know they don’t have a fair shot.

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