Winners of an annual water quality poster contest are on display downtown in the window of Tri-Central Office Supply Inc., 1101 Main St.


The contest is hosted each year by the city of Hays and the K-State Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds. The purpose is to raise awareness of water conservation and water quality.


This years theme was healthy soils = healthy water." The contest is open to students in Hays from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades, students at Fort Hays State University and NCK Tech, and also community adults, excluding professional artists.


Individual winners in five categories take home prizes ranging from $20 to $250.


For this year’s contest, posters focused on the benefits of healthy soil practices, such as growing cover crops, minimizing tillage, eliminating run-off, and reducing chemicals and fertilizer.


The contest was organized by KSU Watershed Specialist Stacie Minson, WaKeeney. Winners are on display in the window of Tr-Central Office Supply Inc., 1101 Main.


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Rose Helens-Hart and her 15-month old son on their daily stroll Saturday stopped to look at the poster contest winners in the window of Tri-Central Office Supply Inc., 1101 Main. [Margaret Allen/Hays Daily News]