TOPEKA. Kan. (WIBW)-Topeka native, Sally Degand, loves art and normally spends her mornings sewing. This time, she has the chance to express her artistic skills by hand-making an Easter hat for the first NOTO Easter parade.
"I was reading it in the paper and I just put some chicken wire together from my yard and here I am!" said Degand.
Sally Degand joined in with several others who participated in the event.
"That's what Easter is all about: the Easter bonnet!" said another citizen of Topeka, Mary Drazin.
Donavene Liggit came up with the idea to have an Easter promenade to remember the days when people would promenade along 5th Avenue in New York City; a time when women wore elegant hats.
She hopes people will enjoy the celebration of Easter just as much as she does.
" And to commemorate and give something for people to do and get more people on the streets in NOTO," said Liggit.
As ladies and young girls walked into each NOTO shop, a mystery judge was in one of the stores to secretly score the winning hat.
Gatherers could also stop by and see the Easter bunny before they found out of the names of the winners. The award for the woman with the highest scoring artistic hat wins $50. And the young girl winner receives a $15 boutique gift certificate.
Win or lose, Sally Degand says this won't be her last time visiting NOTO.
"It's a lot of fun to go to these art things! I really enjoy it," said Degand.
And Sally Degand won the Easter hat contest and the grand prize of 50 dollars cash.