2018 Downtown painting winners
From left to right: second-place winner Amberleigh Schiel; first-place winner Paige Zelenak; and third-place winner Julie Genovese

Nov. 19, 2018-- The winners of the 74th Annual Downtown Painting Contest from High School South have been announced:

1st place-- Paige Zelenak

2nd place-- Amberleigh Schiel

3rd place-- Julie Genovese

The Halloween Downtown Painting Contest was started by Toms River High School Art Teacher Ethel Lewis, one month after the end of World War II. She received statewide acclaim for her efforts. The Kiwanis Club of Toms River has sponsored this event for 74 years and has provided judges and prizes during this time. The paintings provide a background of color and seasonal interest for Toms River's Halloween Parade.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!