PROSPERITY — The town formerly known as Frog Level hopped to it Saturday as Prosperity held its third annual Prosperity’s Hoppin’ Festival.
Andy Hawkins, an entrepreneur and one of the organizers of the festival, said the local shops saw large crowds and had a great day thanks to the event.
Though competitors came from other places, all winners of the juried art competition were from Newberry County.
The first place high school student was Amanda J. Crisp from Whitmire. In addition to a $100 prize, she won $150 for the school’s art program.
Second place was MCHS student Daniel Romero. Third place was Ashley McLeod from Newberry High School.
The contest was judged by Marjorie Huwa, adjunct art instructor at Newberrry College. Experience with oils on canvas is her forte, though she said she enjoyed judging the variety of student artwork.
2014 art winners in the adult juried competition included first place, Marquerite Palmer in painting. Second place was Anna Kay Singley in painting and third place went to Eric Moore for sculpture.
Craft winners included first place, Tugg Ruff for his cedar cabinet; second place, Robin Thompson for his Lake Murray silhouette; and third place to Lee Boozer for his Windy Hill Gate.
Other events included a 5K where top overall finishers were Ryan Plexico at 17:51 and Alana Eargle at 24:19.
Top finishers among children ages 2-14 were Ben Hawkins and Lee Fulmer, both of Prosperity.
Bi-Lo took home the trophy in the Frog Leg Appetizer Contest and holds bragging rights for a year. Bi-Lo competitors said they double dipped the legs in a batter of Mrs. Mack’s batter and then ran the legs through a lip lickin’ wash to finish it up. Second place went to Roma’s while Moon’s Seafood and more took third and The Blend Art & Coffee finished fourth.