Festival’s photography contest a hit with area children

NAPPANEE — Although the 2012 Apple Festival had passed, people had until Oct. 31 to reminisce with scenes of the event at the Nappanee Public Library. And what better way to give things a better look than to see them through a child’s perspective — and in photograph form.
The library’s Knee-High Nappanee assignment was for children ages 5-12. In September, the library provided a photography lesson and a disposable camera to interested children. The assignment was to take pictures of the Apple Festival and return the camera to Nappanee Public Library for processing.
To celebrate the children’s achievements, all of their photographs were on display for the opening reception Thursday, Oct. 4 which included refreshments and a guest speaker from the Apple Festival Committee. People of all ages walked through the hanging photo exhibit recalling, laughing, and enjoying the beloved annual event.
Holly Heller, Bremen, is a mother of two children whose works were displayed in the exhibit. “I really enjoyed seeing the festival through the eyes of children,” she said. “I was impressed with the overall artistry and creativity of the photographs. I also liked the way the library displayed the photos and enjoyed attending opening night of the exhibit.”
This was the first time the Heller family had participated in the photo exhibit, but when asked if her children might participate in this again next year, they all agreed they probably will.