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Main Street Fort Dodge director Kris Patrick and others recently revealed what they think would be a great spot for a mural. The photo was taken next to Dariette while filming for a state video competition. If Fort Dodge wins, Ben Schuh will paint a mural in Fort Dodge.

The voting phase for a video contest to have a Fort Dodge local paint a mural in downtown Fort Dodge begins today.

The 58-second clip, submitted by Main Street Fort Dodge, is a collage of images highlighting the recreational opportunities at Fort Dodge. It contains a parody of the songs “This country is your country” by Woody Guthrie and “We did not light the fire” by Billy Joel.

Kris Patrick, director of Main Street Fort Dodge; Ron Grebner, owner of River Hops Brewing; Cheryl O’Hern, owner of Spin Markket, and Shelly Bottorff, director of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association, produced the video.

“It teamed up quickly” said Bottorff. “We were able to develop a concept that everyone was enthusiastic about.”

According to Bottorff, the creation of the video took about a week.

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“Nathan Schelle and I changed all the words into a few different songs and made our own little parody.” said Bottorff. “We recorded that at the Juniors Motel in Otho. Dave Hearn helped us with the instrumentals. We then sent that to Cheryl O’Hern, where they did all of the video editing. “

The state competition, called #IowansUnite Community Pride Contest, is a collaboration between the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority.

This competition is an opportunity for communities in Iowa to demonstrate their support for small businesses. The prize is a custom mural by Ben Schuh, a Fort Dodge native. The mural welcomes visitors to the shopping district or downtown of the community.

“We really wanted to apply for it and try to get some of its artwork here.” said Bottorff. “We want more local artist representatives.”

Schuh, a graduate of Grand View University, lives and works in Des Moines. According to his official website, he has a large studio in Polk City.

His paintings have been placed with collectors in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Three of his murals can be seen in Des Moines.

All entries had to include community residents, local small businesses, and elements that reflect the community’s unique pride.

For information on voting, visit the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association website.

The voting period ends on June 30th.

Bottorff said winning the competition would be a nice boost for the arts within the community.

“Every time there is an opportunity to bring something like this into our community – there is currently a good dynamic in which we support the arts.” said Bottorff. “The number of people who (understand) art and culture is growing, creates not only relaxation but also a higher quality of life. I think more and more people see that. “

Patrick welcomes the opportunity to have Schuh paint a mural at Fort Dodge.

“It would be incredible for Fort Dodge to win a mural of this Fort Dodge native.” said Patrick.

She encourages everyone to vote for Fort Dodge.

“We need the people who vote every day during the week-long competition”, said Patrick.

The voting opens today

Who: Fort Dodge

What: #IowansUnite Community Pride Contest

When: Voting starts today

∫ For voting information, visit the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association website at

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