I did not open the envelope until we had reached our car and have stored Veronique in the back of the vehicle.
Upon opening the envelope I found the letter that is shown below. I also found a check enclosed within the envelope. I figured that it might be a check for $50 at most for getting 1st place and winning the Excellence Award. When I looked at the check, I had originally thought it was for $25 but upon further inspection I realized that the decimal point was over to the right one space. The check was for $250.00. can you believe that. Not only did I win the Excellence Award along with a blue ribbon, a nice letter from the Dare County Arts Council containing the judges impression of my art piece but I also won $250.00.
A good day indeed!