Over the summer the winners of the sixth annual RGV Children’s Arts Festival rode at the Cherokee Park Ranch in Colorado and the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Idaho.

Although only Brianna Benavides, 7, and Claire Bauer, 12, were the winners, many children will see their writing and artwork published in founder Carey Kinsolving's syndicated newspaper column “Kids Talk About God,” and his online book. Both can be viewed at kidstalkaboutgod.org.

Bauer's mother Karen said every day Claire and her sister would look out their cabin window to see when the Medicine Bow Lodge wranglers saddled their horses.

“They could hardly wait for the next trail ride,” she said.

In the previous two years Clair made the finals of the arts festival but failed to win. One of the questions she answered and illustrated “What can we learn from Jesus about God's timing to make important decision?” to give her first place.

Twenty Valley children will be chosen as finalists in 2018. They will be invited along with their families to attend an awards presentation April 28, 2018 at the Art Village on Main. Yoli Cantu of McAllen Stained Glass is scheduled to make fused-glass renderings of the two winners' art that will be unveiled when they are announced.

Because of the art festival sponsor there is no entry fee. For festival guidelines and questions please visit www.kidstalkaboutgod.org. All children ages 5-12 who live or attend school in the Rio Grande Valley may enter. The deadline is Dec. 13.