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This is Sherwood's third entry in the annual parade's mini-float division and the city has never come home without an award, winning the top prize two previous years.

COURTESY OF LEAH BURGESS - Sherwood's mini float took home the 'Most Outstanding Use of Creativity' prize this year at the annual Grand Floral Parade mini-float competition.For the third year in a row, Sherwood has again placed an award in the Grand Floral Parade's mini-float section. On June 10, Sherwood took home "Most Outstanding Use of Creativity" for its "Our Brilliant Wine Country" entry. The award was the end result of weeks of hard work constructing the colorful float inside a Sherwood Public Works garage using chicken wire, papier mache, dyed rice and other natural decorating materials.

For the two previous years, Sherwood took home the top award for their efforts in a local-city competition that has only been in existence for three years but has grown rapidly.

COURTESY OF LEAH BURGESS - Mayor Krisanna Clark, center, dressed in her Royal Rosarian finest, is joined by Leah Burgess, right of her and other costumed participants in this year's mini-float competition. Sherwood City Councilor Jennifer Kuiper, far right, played the part of Lucille Ball, recreating a classic 'I Love Lucy' episode involving the actress crushing grapes in a barrel.This year proved particularly encouraging because of the comments from the "big" float judges, according to Leah Burgess, float organizer who also is the events and arts program coordinator for the Sherwood Center for the Arts.

Her case in point is a Facebook post from Carla Stenberg, the director and Grand Floral Parade chairwomen, who wrote:

"Congratulations on winning the Most Outstanding Use Of Creativity. You have graduated to 'big float status' with this year's incredible entry.  Even the 'big' float Judges thought your float rivaled the big floats. We are so proud of you."

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