Corgan Kramer is a very ambitious 12-year-old.

Corgan Kramer is a very ambitious 12-year-old.

After winning the local (Hannibal) fence painting contest Saturday, July 1, - for the second consecutive year – he said he hopes to also win the National Fence Painting Contest on Sunday, July 2.

He finished in second place in 2016 in the national contest, Corgan said, adding,“I practiced every day for a week,” until this year's contest. “I've been training for a month.” His parents, Bob and Shiree Kramer, were excited with his win.

This was Corgan's third year to compete. He read more Mark Twain books this year and especially liked “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” “He made a treasure map of their trip down the river,” his mother said.

In this year's local contest, second place went to Braden Niemeyer, 12; and third place to Jace Lee, 10.

Additional Hannibal contestants were Rylan Berry, 10; Andrew Clark, 10; Clay Dexheimer, 11; Michael Hark, 12; Eli Hess, 12; and Cameron Nichols, 12.

The state fence painting contest followed the local event, with the Hannibal Jaycees again coordinating it by cleaning the fences, keeping records and helping contestants prepare.

Dawson Behl, 12, of New London, won the state contest. Both he and Corgan will compete in the July 2 national contest.

Jayden Donnelly, 11, of Columbia, finished in second place in the state contest, and Henry Gordon, 12, of Washington, Mo., finished third. Additional contestants were Wyatt Shade, 11, of Columbia; and Andrew Moore, 13, of New London.

The third fence painting contest on July 1 was the “over 30” event, with seven contestants.

Jamie Donnelly, 34, of O'Fallon, won first place, followed by Jason Nichols, 42, of Hannibal, in second place.

Also competing in the Missouri contest were Erin Angel, 48, of Colorado; Amy Brem, 40, of Delaware; Joe Mickels, 46, of Hannibal; Kim Owens of Washington; and Mike Walker, 36, of Hannibal.

Contestants are judged on costume, speed and painting quality.

On July 2, Hannibal's first Peewee fence painting for ages 5 to 9 will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a girls' contest for ages 10 to 13; and the National Fence Painting at 2 p.m. Contestants may continue to register for all three contests until they begin.

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