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by Alex Williams

Bag design contest builds community

Shoppers may have had to dodge the rain and cold if they wanted to be among the first to get their hands on the newly designed 2017 canvas bag, but that certainly didn’t sway them from attending the unveiling at The Lyndale Market location on May 20.

The Minneapolis Farmers Market kick-off event marked the 5th year COUNTRY Financial has sponsored the reusable bag design contest in the Twin Cities—encouraging Minneapolis-St. Paul High School students to embrace their love of art and local foods while dreaming up the next design for the market’s “it” bag of the season.

About the Winner

This year’s winner, Jessica Lundquist, a Junior at Anoka Hennepin Regional High School, took home the prize of $1,000 for her drawing of a potato in the shape of the State of Minnesota. The hand drawn design also depicted broccoli, corn and apple.

Two runners-up, Abarna Anandaraj of Blaine High School and Hannah See of Anoka Hennepin Regional High School each received $500 scholarships.

As part of the contest rules—artwork was required to follow the theme “Give, Grow and Be Green,” and needed to include imagery familiar to the city and marketplace such as fruits, vegetables, pastries and more.

During this year’s unveiling all three teens were presented with posters of their designs, but bragging rights were solely reserved for Lundquist whose design now adorns thousands of reusable canvas bags carried by market shoppers across the city.

The contest offered in Minneapolis-St. Paul is not the sole event of its kind. COUNTRY Financial also sponsors bag design contests at the Portland Farmers Market, Chicago City Markets and Atlanta’s Peachtree Road Farmers Market each year.

The contests will reopen to eligible high school students in select cities and school districts in spring 2018. 

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