Each year, sad to say, we can select only a few winners in our annual Turkey Coloring Contest. But if it makes this year’s contestants feel any better, our judges said this was the closest race yet. They agonized for several hours over the 371 entries before finally choosing the winners. Our judges were Gazette arts critic Mark Arnest, copy editor and artist Rhonda Van Pelt, staff artist Jody Conditt (who drew our turkey) and Life editor Dena Rosenberry. They were aided by our student judge, 11-year-old Abigail Thomas. Third-place and special category winners are on Page 10. AGES 4 AND YOUNGER 1st PLACE Eve Glenn, 4 Judges said: “It’s very bold.” The panel also liked the owl, saying it lent an ominous effect. 2nd PLACE Zoe Hutcherson, 3 Judges liked the use of balloons, the glasses and the castle: “It’s colored through the eyes of a 4-year-old.” And Abigail liked the owl wings. AGES 5-8 1st PLACE Kameron Hambly, 7 Judges liked the simplicity. “That child’s way up there in talent.” 2nd PLACE Amy Nelson, 7 Judges said: “The ‘HW’ — my gosh! I like the layers — the vest, the clouds, the mixed media.” AGES 9-12 1st PLACE Chanel Prendez, 10 Judges liked the detail and patterns. “It’s like San Francisco in the ’60s”; “It’s very Dr. Seuss-ish.” 2nd PLACE Joseph Hazel, 11 Judges said: “The dark background brings out the darkness in the story.” “I like the hair,” Abigail said. AGES 4 AND YOUNGER 3rd PLACE Ian Couch, 4 Judges said: “It has lots of energy.” AGES 5-8 3rd PLACE Connor Mocalkins, 8 Judges said: “The castle is cool”; “Nice use of tones.” AGES 9-12 3rd PLACE Abbey Randolph, 10 Judges said: “It’s a simple but good use of color and tone.” KID’S CHOICE (chosen by Abigail Thomas) Sydney Muller, 9 MOST WEARABLE TURKEY (for use of fabric) Hannah Paton, 12 BEST ELVIS IMPERSONATOR Kitty Paton-Ilse, 8 BEST USE OF EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN Amy Michael, 12 Look for our other special category winners — Rachel Hardesty, Brandon Byes, Marissa Ferl, Juliana Bigelow and Kevin Prentiss — online at www.gazette.com. See this year’s coloring contest entries, on display through New Year’s at Penrose and East libraries. Look for our other special category winners online at www.gazette.com.