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    This year’s decorated bike contest winners came out covered in red, white and blue.

Kids Impress With The Bike Decorating Contest

Gracie Fairfax
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July 6, 2017

Streamers, flags and top hats were just a few of the elements involved in this year’s decorated bike contest put on by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. Contestants came out to Holly Avenue before the parade started to compete for prizes in the categories of Most Original, Most Patriotic and Most Beautiful. Once the judging was completed, the contestants went cruising through the parade route in style.

Jeff Kemper won the first-place prize for Most Original — his second first-place title in a row. In last year’s contest, he took first place for Most Patriotic when he dressed up as Benjamin Franklin. This year, Jeff took a slightly different approach and dressed up as Uncle Sam. “I want you to join the U.S. Army!” Jeff said. Accompanying his Uncle Sam outfit was a bike decorated in flames to go along with the Fourth of July tradition of fireworks.

In second place for Most Original was 8-year-old Zac Campbell. Campbell and his friend Jake Austin both went with a Navy SEAL theme. Campbell’s bike included American flags on the handlebars, a star-shaped American flag balloon and a U.S. Navy SEALs banner on the front. His outfit took his entry to another level, complete with American flag sunglasses and an American flag top hat.

“I want to be in them when I grow up. They’re patriotic,” Austin said of the Navy SEALs. “There was one guy who came to our school once and I forget his name, but he was a Navy SEAL.”

Third place for Most Original went to 7-year-old Brynn Houghton, whose bike was decked out with star-shaped balloons, tinsel, streamers and stars. She topped off her look with a red and blue pinwheel headband and an American flag on her cheek. Her mom thought of the idea to push the American flags into the handlebars of her bike.

In keeping with Kemper family tradition, Beckett Kemper took first place in the Most Patriotic category. “I’m ‘Where’s President Waldo,’” Beckett said. By the time the decorated bike contest started, Beckett had already begun dropping items throughout the parade route for people to find. His outfit featured a patriotic red-and-white-striped shirt as well as a white wig.

Second place for Most Patriotic went to Tane D’Angelo. “I had a dirt bike, as you can see … I was going to leave it like that because it’s red, white and blue, but then [someone] said, ‘No, that’s not going to work,” D’Angelo said. D’Angelo’s ensemble took his already patriotic bike to second place with tinsel, a pinwheel, an American flag T-shirt, patriotic sunglasses and red tinsel on his helmet.

Dominick Lascola closed out the Most Patriotic category with his third-place win. “Pompoms, flags, wallpaper, and that’s it,” he said of his creation. His already blue bike worked well as a backdrop for his crafty additions.

Last but not least was the Most Beautiful category. Sisters 6-year-old Isla Dornblaser and 3-year-old Gemma Dornblaser took first and second place respectively for the category. Both sported American flag top hats; red, white and blue leis on their bikes; and matching “Happy Fourth of July” outfits. All of the supplies needed to decorate their bikes came from a biweekly dollar store trip with their Poppy. Since the sisters recently moved back to the U.S. from England, the Fourth of July was particularly special this year. “I like the American flag and I don’t really like England because it was ruling America,” Isla said. While the U.S. is now free from British rule, Isla isn’t so sure. “They could still be planning,” she added.

Third place for Most Beautiful went to Alyssa Fremen, whose bike included an American flag bow on the front, fireworks-looking tinsel between her handlebars and pinwheels sticking out from her handlebars.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

See more photos from the decorated bike contest

The 2017 Decorated Bike Contest Winners:

Most Original:

1.  Jeff Kemper

2.  Zac Campbell

3.  Brynn Houghton

Most Patriotic:

1.  Beckett Kemper

2.  Tane D’Angelo

3.  Dominick Lascola

Most Beautiful:

1.  Isla Dornblaser

2.  Gemma Dornblaser

3.  Alyssa Fremen


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