Excitement is building for Monroe County’s Bicentennial Celebration plans.

Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram recently announced the winner of the 200-Year Celebration Logo Contest, Matthew Mikos.

Mikos is the art instructor at Sweetwater High School and is also the illustrator for many children’s books. Mikos’ logo will be used in various ways during the Bicentennial Celebration.

Monroe County Director of Schools Tim Blankenship commended Mikos for his work.

“We have some phenomenal art programs across our county schools,” Blankenship said. “Congratulations to Mr. Mikos for his fantastic winning design!”

Thirty-four logos were submitted by students and adults from across the county. The Bicentennial Celebration Committee decided the winner by ballot vote last month.

The committee began meeting in last fall to come up with celebration plans to celebrate Monroe County’s 200th birthday.

There are already plans in the works to hold a big county fair, most likely around Labor Day, however, other events could be held.

The committee is also encouraging organizers of annual festivals in the county to incorporate the 200-year celebration in those events.

The committee has also picked a final design for a special commemorative coin that will be sold to honor the Bicentennial.

Dallas Kirkland was the runner-up in the selection for a logo. She is the daughter of Richard and Kelly Kirkland of Madisonville. Her submitted logo design will be used on the commemorative coin.

Kirkland graduated as a valedictorian from Sequoyah High School in 2015. In 2018, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in 3D animation and rigging.

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