First Night Carlisle announced this week that Mia Snyder is the winner of this year’s button design contest.

First Night, celebrating its 20th year locally, is a family-oriented nonalcoholic celebration of the arts held on New Year’s Eve on the streets of downtown Carlisle. Admission to the evening’s events is granted by the purchase of a button, designed each year by a junior member of the community.

“It’s so much fun to see all of the creativity that goes into our button contest each year,” First Night director Amy Routson said. “Mia’s artwork was so clever with the fireworks spelling out ‘1st Night.’ It just really captivated us. She also did a great job of capturing a downtown feel and incorporating the car to really capture this year’s theme.”

Buttons go on sale Dec. 1 at both Carlisle Giant locations, M&T Bank, Pinnacle’s Hospitality Shop, Carlisle Theatre box office and online through www.firstnightcarlisle.org. Buttons are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event.

That theme is “First Night CARlisle, Celebrating 20 Years.” The emphasis is on the “car” in Carlisle and the event will feature a car drop at midnight instead of the button drop of recent years.

Snyder, a seventh-grader at Saint Patrick School in Carlisle, will get to press the button that starts the car drop just before midnight. She also receives four complimentary buttons for her family and a week of art camp, courtesy of Carlisle Arts Learning Center.

Snyder said she had forgotten she entered the contest until her mom received the call that she had won.

“I heard her on the phone and she was really excited,” Snyder said. “I did not expect to win.”

“We are so proud of Mia. She always puts 100 percent effort in everything she does,” said Mia’s parents, Matt and Susan Snyder. “We hope she remembers all of her special achievements such as this for years to come.”

Snyder likes art and is very happy to be the recipient of a week at CALC camp. She also thinks it will be “really cool” that thousands of people will be walking around downtown Carlisle wearing something that she designed.

CALC executive director Becky Richeson said she is pleased to support Snyder and First Night Carlisle.

“First Night is a wonderful family event that brings members of our community together to kick off the new year — to look toward the future together,” Richeson said. “Carlisle Arts Learning Center is happy to support children’s creativity.”

Mia’s art will be brought to life on the buttons that are purchased by attendees to gain admission to the festivities. This year’s button sponsor is Waveline Direct LLC, a printing company in Mechanicsburg that printed the First Night Carlisle event program.

“I would also like to thank digital artist Mary Ann Parks for enhancing Mia’s original artwork to make it ‘button ready,’” Routson said. “This is Mary’s third year as the graphic designer who pumps up the colors and makes some small tweaks to ensure that everything is bold enough for the final printed buttons. She really has a good feel for it and works very hard to maintain the integrity of the original art.”

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