VAN WERT — During the Peony Festival Board’s monthly meeting, held Monday, Dec. 11, those present voted on the entries from their recent “Name the Theme” contest. Lots of entries were received.

Nathan Vandenbroek’s entry “2018 Peony Festival - the riches and honor of Van Wert,” received the most votes.

Vandenbroek and his wife moved to Venedocia two years ago, because of her work. He said they have visited the Peony Festival and parade lots of times and really like it. His entering the contest was his way of connecting with the community. He also stated that he had done some research, regarding the Peony and found its Chinese roots. This, in part, is what his theme suggestion was all about.

As a thank you for giving the 2018 Festival a theme, the Board is rewarding Vandenbroek with a gift basket, recognition on its social media sites, at the festival and the chance to be in the Grand Parade. He quickly accepted the chance to be in the parade with his wife and new son.

The Peony Board really appreciates all the wonderful suggestions that were sent in and wants to thank everyone.

Watch for its next Community contest, “Grand Marshall nominations.” This will allow the community to nominate someone who they believe should be recognized in the community. The guidelines are as follows: a resident of Van Wert County, and has done something that you feels needs recognition. Nominations open Friday, Dec. 15 and will be accepted until Feb. 1. Nominate by commenting on the Facebook post, calling 419-238-4002 and leaving a message, or messaging the Facebook page.