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Keota boy lands drawing on state agriculture calendar

Gavin Sieren’s drawing was included in the Choose Iowa Calendar Contest winners.
Gavin Sieren’s drawing was included in the Choose Iowa Calendar Contest winners.

DES MOINES – Twelve-year-old Gavin Sieren of Keota was among the 12 winners of the 2020 Choose Iowa Calendar Contest announced recently by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Artwork from 12 winners will be featured in this year’s Choose Iowa calendar.

The winning artwork is selected based on creativity and the ability to connect agriculture products from the farm to everyday life.

In addition to Sieren, the winners were:

Emma Burzlatt, 14, Maquoketa; Brynlee Carney, 11, Centerville; Natalie Hughes, 15, Ottumwa; Brianna Long, 11, Centerville; Abraham Manley, 12, Colfax.

Bryn Petersen, 10, Dike; Regan Richards, 10, Ames; Taylor Rodeffer, 17, Ottumwa; Ellie Scheidel, 12, Ankeny; Joe Stien, 7, Watkins; and Leo Wells, 10, Cincinnati.

Traditionally, Naig honors the winning artists during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Winners of the 2020 Choose Iowa calendar contest are invited to participate in the award ceremony during the 2021 Iowa State Fair. The event is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2021, at 10 a.m. Additional details will be released as they become available.

“The Choose Iowa calendar contest is a great way for kids to express their creativity and learn more about agriculture,” Naig sid. “I hope this activity gives kids a better understanding of how the work we do on the farm provides the food, clothing and fuel we use every day.”