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Winning Wilton Design Is in the Bag

It won't be easy as Pat Hegnauer, Dara Quinn and Paula Byrdy choose the winning designs Sunday in Wilton Go Green ’s BYOBag Art Contest, Hegnauer says Saturday as she helped hang the designs in the Wilton Library . “These kids have so much talent it blows my mind,” Hegnauer, president of the Georgetown Community Association, says of the more than 100 designs submitted.

The contest, which began in January, was open to everyone in Wilton and was separated into five categories: kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grades: six through eighth grades; ninth through 12th grades; and computer designs. The judges will choose a winner in each category. Their decision will be based on what would look best on a bag, Byrdy said. Wilton Go Green may adapt the winning designs as needed to better fit a bag.

“We are grateful to all of the kids who were able to submit designs,” Byrdy said. The winning designs will be announced Monday and will be on display at the library until Friday. Wilton Go Green is looking to hold another display elsewhere and to exhibit the winning designs in Wilton Town Hall, Byrdy said.

Wilton Go Green will put the winning designs on 2,000 reusable bags that will be distributed for free from March to June in an effort to get people to stop using plastic and paper shopping bags. The organization's goal is to get 50 percent of Wiltonians to use reusable bags in stores by the end of June.

Did your child submit a design for the BYOBag Art Contest? Which design did they come up with? Share with us below and become a part of the conversation.

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