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.
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."