GREENVILLE — Next spring, those traveling through downtown Greenville will see new, colorful banners decorating the lampposts along Broadway Avenue.
Main Street Greenville Executive Director Amber Garrett announced that a recent online crowdfunding effort by the organization quickly reached its goal of funding the new banners. The fundraising campaign took less than 72 hours and raised $775 — $25 more than its initial goal of $750.
“This is the organization’s first crowdfunding campaign,” Garrett said. “We wanted to try the online platform to see what type of response we would get. We were thrilled with the result and hope to hold more crowdfunding campaigns for future projects.”
The banners have an expected lifespan of 4 to 5 years and will be unveiled in spring 2016.
Garrett said, “We rotate different banners for each season. The new banners will be on display for the entire spring season next year.”
The artwork for the banners was created by senior students from Greenville High School’s art department.
“The students did a wonderful job with their paintings,” said Garrett. “I am so glad Mrs. [Melanie] Huffman contacted me about displaying them during a First Friday event. When we saw the paintings, we thought they would make beautiful banners for downtown, as many travelers visit the downtown area. Our hope is that they will see the banners and it will encourage them to visit other gems located in Darke County.”
The banners will feature area landmarks, including the Great Darke County Fair (painted by Haley Barton); Historic Bear’s Mill (Morgan Kiser); Garst Museum (Anne Bradfield); Annie Oakley Statue (Alyssa Baumgardner); Greenville’s Circle (Chelsea Hawes); Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe (Bree Beisner); Palace Building (Zoe Stiefel); Swinging Bridge (Cory Campbell); Darke County Courthouse (Alison Helfrich); and St. Clair Memorial Hall (Olivia Wysong).
“The students chose which Darke County landmarks they wanted to paint. We appreciate them sharing their talents for this project,” said Garrett.
Businesses and individuals who donated to the project include: Darke Rural Electric; Greenville Rotary; Darke County Visitors Bureau; McCabe Painting Service; Greenville Pawn & Jewelry; John & Alice Keller; Matt & Andrea Jordan; Roger Snider; Marc Saluk; Sandy Heitfield; John Baker; Rob & Amber Garrett; Eric Besecker; Dave & Beth Fiely; Sue Huston; Ben & Abbie Hawes; Rachel Williams; Matt & Jen Staugler; Linda Zerkle; Tamara McNulty; and an anonymous donor.
“Our organization appreciates the community’s support for this project. We can’t wait for the new banners to line the downtown district,” Garrett said.