The following is a press release from George Everett of Mainstreet Uptown Butte:

After reviewing hundreds of entries from children from Butte schools, Mainstreet Uptown Butte judges have selected this year's Stroll button design contest winners. On December 1st, the winners will be honored during the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 pm at the BSB Courthouse at 155 W. Granite Street and then will be invited to help lead the Christmas Stroll Children's Light Parade at 6:45 pm.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the Stroll Button Contest and prizes -- Northwestern Energy, Ziply Fiber, and the members of Mainstreet Uptown Butte.

2023 Winners -- The First Place Adult Button Design selected for its creativity and consistency to our theme is by Rosaleah BigBeaver, age 10, a 4th grade student at West Elementary. She will receive $300 in Uptown Bucks to spend at Uptown stores of her choice.  The First Place Child Button Design winner is Allison Choi, a 6th grader at Margaret Leary School.  She will also receive $300 in Uptown Bucks.  Two second place winners in each category were also chosen and they will receive $200 each in Uptown Bucks. Second place winners are Shanley Bestgen, age 12, a 7th grade student at East Middle School and Marina Skocilich, age 11, a 6th grader at Hillcrest Elementary..  Also, this year the judges selected 10 honorable mentions to the mix to recognize the quality of their artistic efforts.  Each will receive $25 in Uptown Bucks to spend as they choose in Uptown Butte businesses.  Congratulations to our Honorable Mention Winners -- Samantha Marie Verlanic, Mila Carriger, Scarlett Tesdal, Johnny Pesanti, Tahshoniee Storm Sinacek, Althea Ryan Majerus, Ethan Rice, Lucy Loushin, Natalie Osterman, and Anna Kashpar

Mainstreet Uptown Butte is still accepting nominations for Grand Marshal for the Children Light Parade for just a few more days.  If you know of some business person or group worthy of this distinction and recognition, please send your nominations that include why they deserve this honor, including how best to contact them to before November 28th.

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