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South Washington County Telecommunication Commission's Ann Simpson with the commission's Telly Award. (Submitted photo)

South Washington County Telecommunications Commission wins national award for splash pad promo video

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The South Washington County Telecommunications Commission was named a winner in the 35th-annual Telly Awards for its promotional video featuring the Cottage Grove splash pad.


The video received a Bronze Telly award in the category of TV Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces—Use of Humor. It competed with nearly 12,000 entries.

The video, created by lead producer Ann Simpson with additional camera work by producer Justin Atkinson, is a 38-second promo in which several city staff members, officials and their families check out the new splash pad at Highlands Park. As kids arrive ready to enjoy the new amenity they discover the adults are already splashing around and having so much fun they forgot to change out of business clothes.

“At SWCTC we look for unique and interesting ways to highlight the south Washington County area, Simpson said. “We were surprised at how many city officials and staff members were willing to dance around in the splash pad to help us create the promo. This video was a lot of fun to shoot and edit.”

Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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