In what’s become an annual tradition in Evanston, voting in the painted plows competition opens today on the city’s website.

Ten schools participated in the contest this year, with kids decorating the plow blades with artwork symbolizing this year’s theme, “Biking, a Pollution Solution.”

The contest is sponsored by the city’s Public Works Department which recently won an award from a national cycling group for efforts to make Evanston more bicycle-friendly, including the new protected bike lane on Church Street.

You can see all the painted plows on Ridge Avenue in front of the Civic Center and vote for your favorite here.

Schools participating in the contest include Dawes, Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Oakton and Willard elementary schools and Chute, Haven and Nichols middle schools in District 65 as well as St. Athanasius and Roycemore schools.

Top: Some of the painted plows in front of the Civic Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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