Chuck Martin/News Peggi Springer with her award-winning white orchid at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival Flower Show on Friday at The Living Center.

MOUNT VERNON — Green thumbs and artistic talent went on display Friday in the annual Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival Flower Show at The Living Center, Friday.

A total of 176 entries are on display from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Event coordinator Audrey Spearman said the artistic designs drew a lot of attention on opening day, especially the arrangements done with purses as flower holders.

But the best in show winner, as determined by Judge Anita Roller of Wooster, was a simple, but attractive design by Julie Divelbiss of Butler, utilizing a metal frame with two parallel uprights evoking the sense of a railroad track.

Miniature gladiolas enhanced the uprights, and dried broom corn stalks and striped japonica ornamental corn leaves completed the arrangements.

“I like to use stuff that I’ve grown,” Divelbiss said. “And I found the metal frame on sale by a designer at another show.”

She has entered the show the past three years and this was her first best in show. She is working to become a student judge and is a volunteer Master Gardener with OSU Extension.

Another winner was Peggi Springer of Mansfield Avenue, who received a first-place ribbon for her white orchid. She said the plant was a birthday gift from her grandson four years ago.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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