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Three kids color their way to free fair tickets

Kimberly Nicoletti

SILVERTHORNE – Three young artists have roped in free tickets to the Mountain Community Fair in Silverthorne July 11-14 by coloring an outline of a rider on a bucking bronco.

Dillon resident Alex Schwier, 10, won first place in the Mountain Community Fair Kick Off’s Commemorative Poster Coloring Contest. Her rendition of a rider in an orange shirt and blue jeans being thrown off a spunky brown horse with black spots outrode more than 200 other colorings that joined the stampede to win a spot on the commemorative poster.

“I took my time, and I tried to not go out of the lines,” Alex said, “and I decided to make it more colorful.” Alex jumped on the opportunity to ride out her artistic talent, spending 45 minutes carefully coloring.

“She’s always coloring and drawing and writing,” said her father, Charles Schwier. Alex draws cartoons of people walking in big cities, towns and hospitals. She gains inspiration from books in her art class and hopes to write and draw pictures for her own books, similar to the Harry Potter series.

Dillon resident Brooky Melanson, 9, won second place in the coloring contest.

“It took a half hour to color, because I tried to keep it in the lines,” Brooky said. “Only in two spots I just accidentally went out of the lines.”

Her mom told her she won while she was on a field trip.

“I started jumping and ran to every teacher and told them I got second place,” Brooky said.

Her inspiration to color the rider came from her love of horses. She just finished drawing a book of nine different horses, just for the fun of it.

“When I have nothing else to do, I just start coloring stuff I see in my room, like pictures of horses,” she said. “I just look at the picture really hard, and I draw it. It’s pretty hard to do the stomach and stuff.”

Third-place winner and Silverthorne resident Amy Yeh entered the contest right before she left for a three-month trip to Taiwan. She enjoys playing the piano and reading when she’s not drawing and coloring.

“She likes to draw princesses, because her dream is to be a princess,” said her cousin, Megan Cheng.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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