When members of the Royal Springs Shrine Club of Georgetown needed someone to decorate their new parade float, they called on Bryan Station High School senior Ashley Elder.
She came up with a colorful design featuring depictions of Lexington's Shriners Hospital for Children, which represents all 22 Shrine hospitals in North America.
Ashley, 18, spent about 20 hours painting the design on plywood panels, which were then attached to the float. But she didn't get a look at the final result until Shrine members brought the completed float to Bryan Station on Monday.
This is Ashley's first effort at float decorating, although she's been an artist since ninth grade and has contributed paintings for the Art for the Heart exhibit at Central Baptist Hospital.
Shriner Doyle Rambo, a former member of the Shrine Hospital Board of Governors, said the club paid Ashley for her work, and that she's putting the money in her college fund. She graduates from Bryan Station this week, and she plans to major in art at Berea College this fall.
The new float replaces an old one that appeared in countless area parades but was looking a bit tattered after 30 years, Rambo said. You can look for the new one in Lexington's July Fourth parade, he said.