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2019 Yorkfest Car Show

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  • Car Show is Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 9AM - 12PM at Mogul's Transmission, 924 N Grant Ave

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Yorkfest Skate Party

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YORKFEST SKATE CONTEST

Saturday, September 9, 2017

At the York Skate Park in Harrison Park

Sign In:           1:30 PM

Contest:           2:00 PM

There is NO entry fee!!!

2019 Yorkfest Skate Contest

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  • Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the York Skate Park in Harrison Park

    YORKFEST SKATE CONTEST Sign In: 1:30 PM Contest: 2:00 PM There is NO entry fee!!!
  • (Participants 18 and under are minors and are REQUIRED to have a parent's signature)

  • In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I waive and release any and all rights and claims against the York Area Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors of the event, and event officials for any injuries suffered by me and/or my child in connection with this event. I further certify I and/or my child are in good enough physical condition to participate in this event.
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Yorkfest Hospital Bed Races

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Thursday, September 7

5:00-8:00 p.m.

North side of Courthouse Square

sponsored by York General

The famous Hospital Bed Races are back! The long awaited tradition returns again to this year’s Yorkfest. Teams of 5 members, (1 rider, and 4 pushers or ‘runners’) will compete against each other on our out and back course. The racing beds will be provided.

General Information:

  • A team consists of 5 members; 1 rider, who must ride on the bed for the entire race, and 4 pushers or ‘runners’. No person may be a member of more than one team. Winning team will be determined by best time.
  • You must have a runner on each corner of the bed with at least one hand on bed at all times while running the course. Your team will receive a 10 second penalty if you fail to comply – keep your team together. All members of the team must have at least one hand on the bed when you cross the finish line or your team will be disqualified.
  • Pushers will push the bed down the street to the turn around. At the point of turn around the rider will jump off the bed and perform a designated superhero ‘skill’. After skill is completed rider will jump back on the bed and team will navigate back to the starting point. Bed must be positioned in the designated area at the end of the race.
  • Runners are responsible for stopping beds and maintaining an overall safe operation of propelling the bed along a pylon marked street course. Unsafe operation of the bed may be cause for disqualification. Bed must be pushed foot first.
  • The bed & all team members must stay in their lane for the entire race. Team members can not interfere with opponents in any way during the race.
  • Decisions made by event staff are final. No ifs, ands, or buts!
  • Theme or costume attire is strongly encouraged and there will be awards for the best costumes. Keep it in good taste — children will be at this event.
  • Event staff reserve the right to disqualify or remove, at its discretion, any team whose costumes are deemed inappropriate or defies the spirit of this community event.
  • All runners should wear athletic shoes suitable for street running.
  • All bed racers must sign the Waiver of Liability.
  • Entry Fee $25.00 per team. Make checks payable to: York Chamber of Commerce
  • Return completed form and entry fee to: Hospital Bed Race at Yorkfest, c/o Chamber of Commerce, 603 N Lincoln Avenue, York, NE 68467

SPACE IS LIMITED, ENTER EARLY.

2019 Yorkfest Hospital Bed Races

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  • Hospital Bed Races Thursday September 5, 2019 at 6:15PM Downtown York

  • Teams of 5 members, (1 rider, and 4 pushers or ‘runners’) will compete against each other on our out and back course. The racing beds will be provided. General Information: • A team consists of 5 members; 1 rider, who must ride on the bed for the entire race, and 4 pushers or ‘runners’. No person may be a member of more than one team. Winning team will be determined by best time. • You must have a runner on each corner of the bed with at least one hand on bed at all times while running the course. Your team will receive a 10 second penalty if you fail to comply - keep your team together. All members of the team must have at least one hand on the bed when you cross the finish line or your team will be disqualified. • Pushers will push the bed down the street to the turn around. At the point of turn around the rider will jump off the bed and perform a designated ‘skill’. After skill is completed rider will jump back on the bed and team will navigate back to the starting point. Bed must be positioned in the designated area at the end of the race. • Runners are responsible for stopping beds and maintaining an overall safe operation of propelling the bed along a pylon marked street course. Unsafe operation of the bed may be cause for disqualification. Bed must be pushed foot first. • The bed & all team members must stay in their lane for the entire race. Team members can not interfere with opponents in any way during the race. • Decisions made by event staff are final. No ifs, ands, or buts! • Theme or costume attire is strongly encouraged and there will be awards for the best costumes. Keep it in good taste -- children will be at this event. • Event staff reserve the right to disqualify or remove, at its discretion, any team whose costumes are deemed inappropriate or defies the spirit of this community event. • All runners should wear athletic shoes suitable for
    If a middle schooler or high schooler, you must be a current student for the fall semester of 2019/2020.
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    Entry Fee: $25 per team. The race has a limited number of spots available. First come, first serve.
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  • Bed Race Waiver of Liability - PLEASE READ This must be signed by all those participating in the event. In consideration of the acceptance of my application/entry form for the bed race, I hereby release all associated groups, sponsors, volunteers, Hospital Bed Race Committee, the City of York, York Area Chamber of Commerce, and any person, company, or organizations officially or unofficially connected with this competition, from all liability for any injuries or damages whatsoever arising from this competition.
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York First United Methodist Church “HUMAN” tractor pull

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Check in at Noon, Pulling starts at 12:30PM Between 7th & 8th Street on Nebraska Ave A team of 4 people, using 2 ropes will pull a FARMALL “H” tractor 100 feet. The fastest time wins. A team can enter as many times as they want to improve their time. For a team to enter more than once they will need to switch out 1 member and pay the entry fee again. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for the winners of each division. Teams will be divided into Men, Women, and Youth 10-13 years or 14-17 years. Limited to the first 50 teams in each division. Pre-Registrations will be accepted until September 1st with an entry fee of $40 per team, registrations day of the event will be accepted until Noon with an entry fee of $60 per team. Rules and Guidelines ~Each rope is 24 feet in length. ~The rope will be taped at 20ft. Any individual placing their hand or any part of their body within the 20 feet will be disqualified ~Ropes cannot be tied in a knot. ~The same person will be on the tractor for the entire completion. The tractor operator will serve as the safety official for the contest and can stop the contest at anytime. ~Electronic timers will be used. ~There will be a flag person to start and stop the completion. The flag person will serve as the judge. The Judge’s decision is final. ~Contestants are encouraged to wear protective gear, footwear, and gloves. ~Youth teams will be pulling a smaller tractor for their safety. The City of York, Yorkfest Committee, First United Methodist Church and volunteers for this event are not responsible for any and all accidents. Registrations are available at the York Chamber of Commerce, York First United Methodist Church, or you can print your own from www.yorkumc.com Mail or drop off entry forms & make checks payable to: York First United Methodist Church 309 East 7th St York NE 68467 M-F 9AM-4PM

2017 YORKFEST Parade Entry Form

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Saturday September 9th, 10:00 AM

Guidelines:

  • Walkers with a float entry must be able to maintain pace with the parade. If you feel your group will not be able to keep the pace, we ask that they be placed on a float.
  • Candy or promotional items cannot be thrown, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES; only handed to spectators.
  • If personal injury or physical damage occurs as a result of this type of activity, parade participants will be held personally liable. However, these items may be distributed by persons walking along with the parade route.
  • If you are caught throwing candy, you will forfeit future participation in the YORKFEST Parade.
  • The leader or driver must maintain ¼ block spacing behind the marching band ahead of them.
  • You may begin staging your float at 8:00 AM/Judging will be at 9:00 AM
  • All entries must enter the staging area from Delaware Avenue. No entries can enter from the North/South (side streets)
  • Chamber Ambassadors will be at the corners of the staging areas to assist you

2019 Yorkfest Parade Entry Form

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  • Yorkfest Grand Parade is Saturday September 7, 2019 at 10AM

  • REQUIRED! This is a description of your organization and parade entry; any information you’d like the community to know about your business/organization; any upcoming events; words of appreciation, etc.
  • YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A CLEANUP CREW FOR YOUR ANIMALS DURING THE PARADE
  • In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I waive and release any and all rights and claims against the York Area Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors of the event, and event officials for any injuries suffered by me and/or my child in connection with this event. I further certify I and/or my child are in good enough physical condition to participate in this event.
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  • The York Area Chamber of Commerce will determine the line-up of the parade. Those who submit their entry forms AFTER August 23 will be placed at the end of the parade route. NO Entries accepted after September 4! Participants must adhere to deadlines and all guidelines. If you have ANY questions, please contact York Area Chamber of Commerce at 402-362-5531 or info@yorkchamber.org You will receive EMAIL notification and details for line-up approximately September 5.

Band Registration – Yorkfest Parade

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2019 Yorkfest Parade Band Registration

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  • YORKFEST GRAND PARADE Saturday September 7, 2019 10AM

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YORKFEST 1 Mile Fun Run

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Sign in 7:30 PM Race Begins at 8:35 PM at Harrison Park Registration includes t-shirt and limited glow accessories. Registration is $15.00 per runner or $13.00 per runner for groups of 5 or more (this covers postage to send t-shirt) MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR EACH RUNNER (if runners are at same address, you may indicate): First and Last Name, Complete Mailing address, Email, Gender, Date of Birth, Age the day of the race, T-Shirt size

Yorkfest Neon at Nite 1 Mile Fun Run

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  • 1-Mile Fun Run is $18.00 per runner or $15.00 per runner for groups of 5 or more.
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  • STUDENTS: NOTE THAT YOUR PATICIPATION MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR ATHLETIC ELIGIBILTY WITH YOUR SCHOOL POLICIES. BE SURE AND RESEARCH THAT BEFORE PARTICIPATING. In consideration of you acceptance of this entry, I waive and release any and all rights and claims against York Area Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors of the event, and the road officials for any injuries suffered by me or my child in connection with this event. I further certify that my child and I are in good enough physical condition to participate in this event. THERE WILL BE STROBE LIGHTS IN USE THROUGHOUT THE RUN ROUTE.
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Yorkfest 5K Neon at Nite Run

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Friday, September 8th Race will begin at Harrison Park Sign In: 7:30 PM Race Begins: 8:30 PM

YORKFEST 5K NEON AT NITE RUN

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  • 5K Registration is $28.00 per runner or $23.00 per runner for groups of 5 or more.
  • Price: $28.00 Quantity:
    Registration is $28.00 per 5K runner 1 to 4.
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    Group rate is $23 per runner for groups of 5 or more
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  • STUDENTS: NOTE THAT YOUR PATICIPATION MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR ATHLETIC ELIGIBILTY WITH YOUR SCHOOL POLICIES. BE SURE AND RESEARCH THAT BEFORE PARTICIPATING. In consideration of you acceptance of this entry, I waive and release any and all rights and claims against York Area Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors of the event, and the road officials for any injuries suffered by me or my child in connection with this event. I further certify that my child and I are in good enough physical condition to participate in this event. THERE WILL BE STROBE LIGHTS IN USE THROUGHOUT THE RUN ROUTE.
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Towers of York

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Towers of York were placed and will stay at their locations until Yorkfest in September.  Take time to visit each tower and see the beautiful artwork in our town!

Download a printable map and list of locations: Towers Book

Download a printable list of the student towers: Student Towers

Maze Tower


Eric Eckert

York County Fairgrounds: 2400 N Nebraska Ave – The first Tower of York we’d like to highlight is called “Maze Tower,” by Eric Eckert. Eric moved to York in 1999 to attend York College York College. He currently works as the Digital Director for the York News-Times York News-Times and enjoys skateboarding, making short films, and spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and two daughters, Hadley and Zoey Belle. Eric also has a fascination with mazes, and has been drawing mazes of different sizes for the last 30 years. This made it easy for him to decide on a design when he began the Towers of York project. Despite having designed much larger mazes, the shape of the tower presented a challenge. “Maze Tower,” sponsored by York News-Times, will be on display at the York County Fairgrounds York County Fair Grounds!!, 2400 N Nebraska Ave, until the Towers of York auction on October 12th. #TowersofYork

Twilight Harvest


Nicole Mittman

York General: 2115 N Lincoln Ave – This week, we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Mittman, the artist behind the masterpiece “Twilight Harvest.” This installment of the Towers of York is located at York General, 2115 N Lincoln Ave.  Nicole is a junior at York High School, who enjoys sports, nature, and of course, art. “I really wanted to embrace the small-town, agricultural side of York, so I decided to include silhouettes of a harvest scene, a windmill, a deer and fawn, and a girl with her horse,” she says. “I also included the hot air balloons as a nod to the iconic York water tower that the decorated towers represent. For the sky, I decided on a colorful sunset. In my opinion, Nebraska’s sunsets are one of the most beautiful aspects of this state, so I knew I had to paint one for my background.”  Nicole spent a total of twelve hours painting her tower and enjoyed every second. “I’m so honored to be a part of the Towers of York,” she says. “I can’t give enough thanks to all the people and businesses that donated to the project.”  “Twilight Harvest” is sponsored by York General​. #TowersofYork

H2O


Kami & Kinsley Flynt

Mincks Park: 12th & Washington Ave – “H2O,” designed and painted by Kami and Kinsley Flynt, hosted by the City of York, NE is currently on display at Mincks Park York Parks & Recreation on 12th and Washington Ave. The mother-daughter team say that in the process of planning their project, they were drawn to the common theme of water, which seemed fitting for a water tower.  Kinsley, a junior at York High School, is active in the school’s fine arts programs and enjoys drawing and painting when she has the chance. Her mom, Kami, is an art teacher at York Elementary School York Public Schools and a York College Alum York College. She stays busy chasing after her three children and planning upcoming art lessons.  “H2O” is sponsored by City of York, NE. #TowersofYork

Be More at YC


Meghan Shruck

York College: 8th & Delaware Ave – Meghan Shruck, a 2011 graduate of York College is the creator of “Be More at YC,” the tower located on the York College Campus on 8th and Delaware Ave. Meghan, a native of Rhinelander, WI, returned to her alma mater in 2015 to work as the Assistant Dean of Students and Thomas Hall Manager.  Meghan describes York College as a “beautiful, close-knit community” and credits her experience there for transforming her into the woman she is today and teaching her that she “could be more.” “My water tower is inspired by the beauty of all that is York College, from the steps of McGehee Hall to the swing sets where many of my best YC memories were made,” Meghan says. “The painting depicts York College landmarks standing on a firm foundation through all seasons of life, deep-rooted in our mission: to transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family, and society.”  “Be More at YC” is sponsored by York College#TowersofYork

Sunset in Bloom


Lacey “Lovelace” Stamler

East Hill Park: 6th & Blackburn – Lacey “LoveLace” Stamler is the creator of “Sunset in Bloom,” which can be viewed at East Hill Park York Parks & Recreationon 10th and Blackburn, hosted by the City of York, NE. Lacey is an artist of LoveLace Art and Design, a commission-based art company that creates custom works for their clients across the United States. Although LoveLace Art and Design began in 2014, she has been aspiring to become a full time artist her whole life.  Lacey believes that art is everywhere in this world and it is fueled by love. Every piece she creates is made with the love of the natural world and those who live in it. Lacey spends as much time as possible traveling across the U.S., exploring the beautiful land one mile at a time.  Lacey’s inspiration for “Sunset in Bloom,” which is one of her favorite pieces to date, came from the magnificent plains of Nebraska. No matter the asphalt and gravel roads Lacey has traveled, Nebraska sunsets are some of the most beautiful to her, and with ever sunset, the shadows of the tree lines pass. Every brush stroke was designed to highlight the beauty of the plains as the light passes into night.  “Sunset in Bloom” is sponsored by York State Bank and York State Insurance#TowersofYork

A Landmark Takes Root


Mindy Burton

York City Auditorium: 6th & Nebraska Ave – This week’s tower, “A Landmark Takes Root” by Mindy Burton, is hosted by the City of York, NE and located at the York City Auditorium York Parks & Recreation on 6th and Nebraska Ave. Mindy has been an art teacher at Milford for over 20 years. In addition to art, she enjoys her family, students, sports, and coaching.  Mindy acknowledges that being an artist can be a challenge when she has so many things going on, but participating in public art projects is important to her because it is a great opportunity to be creative and give back to communities. Mindy’s past projects include a “tour de Lincoln” bike, an “Enchanted Arboretum” tree in Nebraska City, a star for the YWCA in Lincoln, one of Milford’s water wheels, and two of the “Nebraska by Heart” sculptures.  Mindy’s works are full of common characteristics because she loves color, pattern, and detail. Her pieces usually seem abstract, but are based on something from nature. In approaching her tower for York, Mindy based her design on the idea of a tree with its roots, bark, branches, and open spaces. “York, like all of Nebraska, is a great place to live and grow,” says Mindy. “The title seemed appropriate to tie York’s famous water tower to my feelings of being born and raised in Nebraska.”  “A Landmark Takes Root” is sponsored by York Ace Hardware.#TowersofYork

The Challenge


Monica Robinson Swerczek

York Community Center: 211 E 7th St – This week’s tower highlight is “The Challenge” by Monica Robinson Swerczek, which is hosted by the City of York, NE and located by the York Community Center York Parks & Recreation at 211 E 7th St. Monica is from Cedar Rapids, NE, where she currently lives with her husband Ed. Together they have a twenty-three year-old son, Garrett.  Art has always been a part of Monica’s life. As a child, she would draw on the walls of her bedroom. As an adult, she turned to canvases and sketchbooks.  One of Monica’s seven siblings, Dan Robinson, is a fireman/EMT at the York Fire Department. His service inspired the design of the tower and prompted her to depict everything that is involved in his line of work. Each side of the tower shows the dangers, the challenges, and the pride of a job well done. “I really enjoyed the process and the success of the completed project,” says Monica. “I love it when it all comes together!”  “The Challenge” is sponsored by Robinson Enterprises. #TowersofYork

Legacy


Keri Kircher

York County Courthouse: 6th & Lincoln Ave – Keri Kircher is the artist behind “Legacy,” the tower is hosted by York County and located in front of the York County Courthouse at 6th and Lincoln Ave. Keri studied fine art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an emphasis in photography. Her home-based business, Subjective Perspective, LLC, incorporates both fine art photography and painting. She primarily works with oils and mixed media. The inspiration for the piece was Keri’s interpretation of some amazing drawings done by, and in honor of, a wonderful man.  She wanted to use bright, cheery colors to celebrate his life, integrating his normal color palette with some of her own color choices. The shapes and patterns are taken from several of his sketches and combined in a way that made sense to her. “It was an absolute honor to do this piece and it means so very much to me to have been chosen and given this responsibility,” says Keri. “I hope it makes those who see it happy and is a nice representation of someone very special.”  “Legacy” is sponsored by Cornerstone Bank#TowersofYork

My Nebraska


Stacy West-Chos

York City Offices: 100 E 4th St – “My Nebraska,” by Stacy West-Chos, is located by the City of York, NE Offices at 100 E 4th Street.  Stacy has always had a passion for art, which was cultivated by the two years she spent attending art school. She especially enjoys doing paintings, drawings, and murals. Her creativity is also channeled into decorating cakes at Grand Central.  Born and raised in Nebraska, Stacy has a special appreciation for the characteristics of the state that make it unique, including the lilacs, peonies, and wheat fields. She used these natural details to create a tower that would express what Nebraska means to her.  “My Nebraska” is sponsored by Grand Central Foods#TowersofYork

In This World


Emily Petersen

Harrison Tennis Courts: 620 Kingsley Ave – Emily Petersen is the creator of “In This World,” hosted by the City of York, NE and located near the Harrison Tennis Courts York Parks & Recreation at 620 Kingsley Ave. Emily works are Henderson State Bank and she can be found playing tennis, baking, or volunteering at the Yorkshire Playhouse.  The tower’s spherical shape served as the primary inspiration for Emily, along with the input of friends and family. Some of her past artwork includes paintings of a watercolor world and several galaxies on canvases, so she knew her design was doable.  “This was such a fun project to do, and I’m glad the town of 8,000 people that I grew up in was able to do something like this,” says Emily. “It was a lot of fun being able to see each and every work of art.”  “In This World” is sponsored by Henderson State Bank#TowersofYork

Pride of the Heartland


B.J. Sievers

York Country Club: 1016 W Elm St – “Pride of the Heartland,” by B.J. Sievers, is on display at the York Country Club at 1016 W Elm St. B.J. has no formal art training, but has been producing works in a number of shapes and forms since kindergarten. He attributes his realistic and natural style of art to being born and raised on a farm. “I take great pride in all the detail I put into any of my artwork, whether it is paintings or carvings,” says B.J. “My talent is all thanks to God.”  B.J. worked with the tower’s sponsor, Agri Products, Inc, to choose a theme that depicted Midwestern heritage while also incorporating his love of mountain and lake scenes.  B.J. hopes that people get as much enjoyment from viewing his art as he did in creating it. #TowersofYork

Old Cigars, Steel Guitars and Railcars


Michael Bristol

Holthus Convention Center: 3130 Holen Ave – Michael Bristol’s “Old Cigars, Steel Guitars and Railcars” was previously displayed at the Holthus Convention Center, but has been placed at the York County Courthouse on 6th and Lincoln Ave, along with the other towers.  Like many artists, Michael began coloring and drawing at a young age; but it wasn’t until he was a sophomore in high school that he really started painting. He immediately fell in love with watercolors, and one of the pieces he created received “Best of Show” at the York County Fair.  In 2000, Michael was hired as a scenic painter for the Omaha Community Playhouse, where he spent the next eight years painting sets and scenery for the theater. He went from painting 16″x20″ watercolor pieces to stage backdrops that were as large as 18’x48″. After that, Michael spent a year in Dallas, TX at the Dallas Children’s Theater.  Michael moved back to his family’s home in Cordova, NE in 2009, and began to spend more time painting and exploring his creativity in a rural and peaceful setting. In creating his tower, Michael was inspired by the landscape, history, and people of rural Nebraska. One afternoon, while waiting at a railroad crossing for a passing train, he noticed the graffiti on the sides of the freight cars. After some research, Michael decided to make the graffiti the subject matter of his tower.  “Old Cigars, Steel Guitars and Railcars” is sponsored by Max Country 104.9 and KOOL 103.5#TowersofYork

Cometas de Colores


Anabel

Pump & Pantry South: 3901 S Lincoln Ave – This week’s tower highlight is “Cometas de Colores,” by Annie Redfern. The tower was previously located at the South Pump & Pantry, but is currently stationed in front of the York County Courthouse.  Annie says that it was important to her to make her tower fun and festive. She was inspired by the colors at La Cocina, which also inspired the name. A tear drop is included in the design to honor Annie’s mother-in-law, who passed away just as she was finishing the tower.  Annie was born in Stromsburg, NE, in what is now the Bed and Breakfast on Hwy. 81. She attended the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She then lived and worked in New York City for four years at the U.S. News and World Report, followed by two years in Los Angeles working for MTM studios.  In 1989, Annie returned to Nebraska. She loves life in York, including working part-time for Baer’s Furniture and the York Community Center, serving on the York Public Schools Fine Arts Board, and singing in the Methodist choir. She is married to Barry Redfern, and has a daughter, Sam, who will be attends Nebraska Wesleyan.  “Cometas de Colores” is sponsored by Midwest Bank#TowersofYork

Deep Blue


Heidi Chapman

Best Western: 4619 S Lincoln Ave – “Deep Blue,” by Heidi Chapman, was previously located at the Best Western Plus York Hotel & Conference Center. It is now available for viewing in front of the York County Courthouse, along with the other towers until the auction on October 12.  Heidi has been making art since she was old enough to pick up a pencil. In high school, she enjoyed participating in art clubs and working on additional projects. Her past projects include the mural inside York’s skate rink, the map painting inside Captain Red Beard’s Cafe, and the two motorcycle murals on Road 6.  Heidi currently owns and operates Dragonfly Studios, where she hosts groups and parties and instructs them in painting murals and door hangers. The studio also does some holiday specials, including painting pumpkins for Halloween and Easter eggs. She hopes to soon expand to include ceramics.  In designing her tower, Heidi was inspired her favorite exhibit at the Henry Doorly Zoo: the jelly fish tube. One feature that makes Heidi’s tower especially unique is the inclusion of glow-in-the-dark paint. Day or night, this tower is hard to miss!  “Deep Blue” is sponsored by Janssen Ford of York#TowersofYork

Grainy Mainia


Cathy Cornish

Wessels Living History Farm: 5520 S Lincoln Ave – Finally, we’d like to tell you a little more about “Grainy Mainia,” and its artist, Cathy Cornish. “Grainy Mainia” was previously located at Wessels Living History Farm, but has been moved to join the other towers in front of the York County Courthouse.  Inspiration for Cathy’s tower came first from the old-fashioned method of sheaving wheat; and after a bit of research, her design transformed to include many other types of grain, including corn and sorghum. Another surge of inspiration came from an unexpected source. “As we were selling our house and moving, with the project deadline approaching, I thought I was at the end of my rope,” says Cathy. “The rope became a brilliant idea and helped pull it all together and made it a very enjoyable project.”  Cathy has been teaching children art and creating art of her own for 20 years. After trying acrylic painting for a decade and developing an illustrative style, she is ready to return to realistic drawing with fresh, new ideas. She is very appreciative and thankful for the support of her sponsors, family, friends, and community throughout the project, and is very happy to have been chosen to participate.  “Grainy Mainia” is sponsored by Mid America Vision Center and Union Bank & Trust#TowersofYork

Student Towers

Rooted in Our Faith by St. Joseph 8th Grade, Located at Henderson State Bank, York Main Branch


Growing Towards Greatness by St. Joseph 7th Grade, Located at Cornerstone Bank, York Main Branch


Bob-The Stained Glass Balloon by St. Joseph 5th Grade, Located at Midwest Bank, York


Alive in the Spirit by Emmanuel Faith 3rd Grade, Located at Wendy’s


In God’s Hands by Emmanuel Faith 4th Grade, Located at Mid America Vision


Walking with Jesus by Emmanuel Faith 5th Grade, Located at York General


The Story of York by Allie Colburn- YES 4th Grade, Located at York News Times


Shine by Emory Flynt-YES 3rd Grade, Located at York State Bank


Spring Day by Zoey Eckert-YES 3rd Grade, Located at Union Bank


Roberto the Elephant by Lauren Hills-YES 5th Grade, Located at Grand Central Foods