A pair of pooches living in the Kristy Francis household have been chosen as the winners of the Cutest Doggie Contest in Nebraska City.
Sponsored by the Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce Community Development Committee, the Cutest Doggie contest serves as a fundraiser for a variety of events.  
The first year, funds were given to help establish the dog park now up in Wildwood Park.  
The second year, funds help pay for the water station at the dog park.  
This year, the money raised will go toward the NCTC annual scholarship.
“We raised $370 on the Cutest Doggie Contest and Doggie Wash,” said Stephanie Farmer of the Community Development Committee.  
The winners were announced at the Nebraska City Farmer’s Market on Aug. 7.  
The contest was open to 12 entries.  
Photographs of the dogs were attached to jars and displayed at all six Nebraska City banks.  Voters would cast their vote with money, anything from spare change to bills.  
After a week and a half of voting, the jars were gathered and the money counted.  
The dog, or in this case, dogs, with the most money in their jars were crowned winners of the contest.
First Place winners Chloe and Ozwaldo Francis edged out Second Place winner Bentley Bassinger $48.51 to $46.79.  Third Place winner Charlie Higgins Partsch was far behind with $36.93.  The top three winners each received a doggie bag full of treats and toys.
Kristy Francis has not had Ozwaldo very long; he was a rescue dog whom she fostered last spring.  Eventually, Francis adopted Ozwaldo.
The NCTC Community Development Committee hosts event around Nebraska City at little or no cost to the community.
“We want Nebraska City residents to see and enjoy all that Nebraska City has to offer along with making life-long family memories,” said Amy Allgood with NCTC.  “Our biggest cause we support is the annual NCTC scholarship.  Any funds raised by the Community Development Committee goes into that account.”
In addition to organizing the Cutest Doggie Contest and Doggie Wash at the Tree Adventure, which occurred a few weeks ago, the Community Development Committee also coordinates the Santa at the Old Stone Cabin photo shoot every holiday season.  They also man a parents table during the downtown Trail of Treats on Halloween, handing out hand sanitizer and band aids.  They can be found at every Farmer’s Market with a table of goodies and recently sponsored a portion of the Saturday Night Movie Series in downtown Nebraska City.
“The Community Development Committee is probably my favorite committee I sit on,” Allgood said.  “The meetings are fun and we get so much accomplished.  We spent one whole meeting looking at pictures of cute doggies – how can that not be fun!”
In addition to Allgood, the members of NCTC’s Community Development Committee include Tara Johnson, Tammy Partsch, Stephanie Farmer, Lisa Chaney, Margee Spires, Tammi Thompson, Tonya Ottemann, and Dorothy Symonsbergen.