WNZR went On The Road with Big Blue to the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival


On The Road with Big Blue stopped at the 32nd annual Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival 8/8 – 8/11!

We had a wonderful time celebrating the arts of our community.


Several special awards were handed out at the festival.

Saturday night, the Festival board and operations committee presented the Emmett Award, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the performing arts. The Emmett Award was presented to retiring co-directors, Pat and Sandy Crow.  The Crows co-directed the downtown festival for 20 years and spearheaded the effort to restore the Woodward Opera House.


Thursday night, the Unsung Hero Award went to former Festival volunteer Gerry Rensel, who now resides in Pennsylvania. Gerry has volunteered for over 15 years for the festival!


The car show best of show winner was Pat Jackson for his 1954 Chevy CST Pickup truck.


Congratulations to the winners in the 14th Annual Dan Emmett Cheerleading Competition:

Pee Wee/Colt Division - Mount Gilead

Middle School Division - Mount Gilead

Varsity Division - Mount Vernon High School (1st Place) and Johnstown High School (2nd Place).



Here are the results from the 2019 Dan Emmett Flower Show. They had a lot of entries this year and are pleased with the quantity and quality of our exhibits and artistic arrangements.


Please note the following special awards.


Best of Show adult horticulture—Audrey Spearman

Best of Show junior horticulture—Piper Schirtzinger

Best of Show adult artistic—Brian Moody, Robin Rapp

Best of Show junior artistic—Izzy Plagge

The Living Center—Freda Moreland

Judge’s Award in artistic arrangements—Linda Shira

Most Creative in artistic arrangements—Audrey Spearman



Congratulations to the winners of the Old-Time Fiddle Contest at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival!


Brad Oviatt Contest Director

Joe Lautzenheiser Junior Division Champion and Festival Champion

Kay Lorson Senior Division 2nd Place

Kai Grosklos Junior Division 2nd Place

David Suver Senior Division Champion




WNZR also congratulates our prize basket winners from the festival!


Kids Prize Basket Winners:


Anabel Gee of Mount Vernon

Maddy Dubusky from Dayton

Alex Buena from Mount Vernon

Lael Bressi from Fredericktown


Each of these kids won the ultimate summer fun prize basket including many water toys, plus a Children’s Bible, the VeggieTales Heroes of the Bible DVD with 3 stories - “Shadrach, Meshack & Abednego,” “Joshua”, and “The Good Samaritan”, the 2019 On The Road with Big Blue t-shirt and lots of WNZR goodies. Each basket is valued at over $40!



Student Prize Basket Winner:


Emma Cheek of Mount Vernon


Emma won an awesome student prize backpack including many goodies from both MVNU and WNZR. She also won an NIV Student Bible, the “I Am Not Ashamed” DVD (the inspiring story of Rachel Joy Scott at Columbine High School) and TWO tickets to Sonfest 2019 at MVNU. This prize basket is valued at $120!



Adult Prize Basket Winner:


Debbie Erlandson of Mount Vernon

Sally Doyle of Mount Vernon

Jake Smith of Mount Vernon

Carla Jess of Howard


Our adult basket included an overnight stay at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel, the God’s Not Dead —A Light In The Darkness movie on DVD, CDs from Mandisa, Zach Williams and Micah Tyler plus many Lifeline goodies including a Tote Bag, Sunglasses, Care Sunshade, Travel Coffee Mug and more!


Each adult prize is valued at $200 dollars!




Check out the WNZR Facebook Page and website, for great pictures and videos from the 2019 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival!