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Arden celebrates 10th annual crocus contest

The annual event showcases the beauty of the crocus bloom

Arden celebrates 10th annual crocus contest

A short season didn’t prevent photographers from capturing the fleeting beauty of the crocus this spring.

Sixteen prizes have been awarded to photographers in the 2018 edition of the Arden Crocus Photo Contest, the 10th anniversary of the contest.

In the adult section there were 18 entrants with 63 photos over four categories. The youth section saw nine contestants submit 34 photos. Five of the eight winning youth photos were submitted by residents of Riverbend Colony near Carberry.

Arden’s first crocus opened on Saturday, April 21. The contest closed a week later. Winners were announced Saturday, May 5 at the Arden Crocus Festival.

During that event two photos were voted the most popular.

Adult People’s Choice winner for 2018 is Dennis Wiens of Portage la Prairie, for a closeup photo of a single purple crocus bloom about to open and wet with water droplets, taken southeast of Sidney, near Jackson Lake (see photo at top).

Youth People’s Choice winner for 2018 is Hadassah Waldner of Riverbend Colony, Carberry, for a photo of a crocus between the paws of a golden puppy (see photo below winner’s list).

Contest winners:

Single crocus

  1. Nancy White, Neepawa
  2. Shania Brock, Portage la Prairie

Crocus cluster

  1. Shelia Thiessen, Minnedosa
  2. Dennis Wiens, Portage la Prairie


  1. Luc Gamache, MacGregor
  2. Andrew Gran, Carberry


  1. Donna Gamache, MacGregor
  2. Amy Jaarsma, Steinbach

Single crocus

  1. Hadassah Waldner, Riverbend Colony, Carberry
  2. Aleah Hofer, Riverbend Colony, Carberry


  1. Lyndsey Hofer, Riverbend Colony, Carberry
  2. Dustin Mitchler, Arden


  1. Bailey Mitchler, Arden
  2. Lisa Maendel, Riverbend Colony, Carberry


  1. Bailey Mitchler, Arden
  2. Hadassah Waldner, Riverbend Colony, Carberry
Hadassah Waldner’s people’s choice-winning photo of a crocus bloom and puppy. photo: Hadassah Waldner

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