Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Those heading to this year’s Ohio State Fair will see the artwork of two Mason fourth graders’ on display.
The blown up posters of Luna Brenner and Gracie Bagadiong will be on display in the Ohio Department of Commerce area in the merchant building on the Columbus fairgrounds.
They are among a dozen posters that were selected as winners in this year’s Ohio fire marshal’s poster contest.
The posters were submitted by the Mason Department from among 800 entries it received last fall in the annual competition, said Joe Hoying, Mason’s deputy fire chief.
A committee picks up to 15 posters each year that are then voted on by firefighters.
“This year it was very, very difficult to choose just one overall winner,” Hoying said. “Both posters kept getting an equal number of votes so we decided to send both to the state.”
The two posters were among the 500-plus the state fire marshal’s office received, said Rich Palmer, assistant chief, in the fire prevention bureau at the Ohio fire marshal’s office.
“These are judged by safety educators. They are chosen based on quality of work and the message,’’ Palmer said.
Gracie’s poster portrays a family standing outside their home with a message on the house: You have to get out and stay out when there’s a fire.
Luna’s poster shows a girl running outside a house as a fire truck pulls up. Its message: Don’t hide, go outside.
“Through this kind of activity they serve as fire safety ambassadors for us,” Hoying said. “They make our community safer.”
Each year for the past 10 years fourth graders in Maggie Moschell’s art classes submit hand-drawn fire safety posters to the Mason Fire Department. This is the first time two entries were submitted to the state.
The girls received a certificate, smoke detector and complimentary tickets to the state fair, which is set for July 24 through Aug. 4.
The Mason girls’ posters can be viewed on the state fire marshal’s office website www.com.ohio.gov/fire/FireSafetyPosterWinners.aspx