MOUNT VERNON — As people flowed to the north side of the square in anticipation of Saturday night’s featured entertainment, they were witnesses to the annual bell auction and the presentation of two major awards.
Receiving the Community Service Leadership Award was Matt Starr. He is the owner of I-Conn Video Productions, co-owner of Keylight Advertising Agency, an owner of Kokosing River Productions LLC. He has been in television and theater, is involved in the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, Food for the Hungry, Knox Community Hospital Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce. He served as interim downtown manager for the city of Mount Vernon.
He was presented the award in the middle of the bell auction, when bell No. 6 was purchased for $1,500 and presented to him.
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Tanner Yurko is just 11 years old, but on Saturday he picked his way to his second straight title in the 17-and-Under division of the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival Banjo Contest. (Photo by Bill Amick)
As usual, the Old-Time Fiddle Contest at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival attracted a very talented group of musicians. Rachael Campbell of Utica, 18, turned in an entertaining performance and placed third among nine gifted musicians in the 12-19 age group. (Photo by Bill Amick)
Matt Starr, center, receives the Community Service Leadership Award during the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival on Saturday. Presenting the award are Sandy Crow, left, and Pat Crow, festival directors. (Photo by Bill Amick)
These cars won the top awards at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival car show Sunday afternoon. The best of show went to the much modified 1957 Chevy Nova owned by Jim Gerhart of Ontario, left. The black 1937 Chevy was the peoples choice. The car is all original and owned by John Balka, Utica. (Photo by Virgil Shipley)
Lynn Jurkowitz, right, was presented the Emmett Award at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival on Saturday. Presenting the award are Sandy Crow, left, and Pat Crow, directors of the festival. (Photo by Chuck Martin)
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