Second Grader’s Art Wins RAGBRAI Kids Art Contest

Orange City, Iowa — The art of a girl who will be a second-grader at Orange City Christian School has been selected as the winner in a kids’ art contest connected with RAGBRAI.

Over 500 elementary-school-aged children in Orange City embraced the spirit of RAGBRAI® by creating original designs for the local kids’ art contest – but only one winning entry will now compete for the state-wide prize as communities throughout Iowa ready for RAGBRAI, which kicks off in Orange City on July 22nd.

Sarah Nyenhuis, who will be in second grade at Orange City Christian School this fall, was awarded local honors with her brightly-colored picture featuring a smiling cyclist and an iconic Dutch windmill representing Orange City.

Amanda Vazquez, one of the art contest judges, says that the judges were impressed with the piece Nyenhuis created. She says Nyenhuis did a great job of incorporating both Orange City and RAGBRAI into her art, and “the quality of her work was amazing.”

Vazquez says the judges were “blown away by the number of entries and the amount of effort put into them by local kids.”

Nyenhuis’ winning entry will now compete for state-wide RAGBRAI art contest honors for a grand prize of $350. The other artsy tulips will adorn Orange City as it serves as the starting overnight host town.