Ag Days button captures Spring Valley's small town atmosphere
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:11 AM
Ag Days may seem far away, but the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce has already chosen a winning design for the 2014 Ag Days button.
Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce members Matt Kirkpatrick and Andrea Hindt present Jordan Pokorney with $50 in Spring Valley money for his winning Ag Day button design. PAULA VAGTS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Spring Valley native Jordan Pokorney used color pencils for his medium as he captured the spirit of the annual festival.
"I got the idea of portraying downtown Spring Valley on the button because I like small town America and so do all of us, because we live in it," Pokorney explained. "It's an integral component to our social makeup and it is a unifying bond between citizens. I wanted to show a bit of the parade with the tractor because agriculture is the reason we celebrate this festival."
The button highlights downtown with the tractor leading the way down the parade route.
Pokorney also captures long-time businesses in this year's button including the Spring Valley Bakery and Ray's Barbershop.
Kingsland High School art students¬¬ are able to compete in the Chamber of Commerce's Ag Days button design contest in hopes of not only designing the winning button, but to also win the $50 in Spring Valley money.
Pokorney said of the win, "I was quite surprised because I thought something more original would win, but I did!"
The recent Kingsland graduate, who is well known for his many activities including band, choir and drama, will be leaving small town life behind soon as he moves to Chicago to attend Columbia College to study theatre.
The button will allow Ag Day attendees free or discounted admission to the festivities held from Aug. 12 through 17 and will be sold for $5 at businesses throughout town in the weeks before the event.