T-shirt design winners announced

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its T-shirt design contest and Grand Marshal for this year's July 4 celebration.

Taking first place in the T-shirt design contest was local artist Eileen Hoadley.

Second place was awarded to another local artist, Inger Jorgensen.

Tied for third place were aspiring artists: Nick Geiger and Patrick McKeever, along with Theannah Hannon, a student at Ashland Middle School.

Editor's note: The art submissions featured below were identified only as 3rd place ties. The specific artists for each piece was not provided.

A press conference will be held on June 11 at 11 a.m. to award the winners and to formerly acknowledge this year's parade Grand Marshal, Leo Zupan.

Zupan was a POW in World War II and has been an Ashland resident since 1941. After WWII he came back to Ashland and managed the men's clothing and shoe departments at Fort Miller's Department Store. He married in 1945 and subsequently became a real estate agent.

Zupan became sole owner of Windermere Van Vleet in 1975. The business is still in the same location today, with Zupan's son and grandson now also in the family business.

Zupan is active in the community as a member of the Elks and the second president of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the airport and downtown planning commissions. Zupan and his wife Veda also contribute to the Schneider Museum of Art.

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