A youngster from New London wins the National Fence Painting Contest during National Tom Sawyer Days Sunday.

12 year old Dawson Behl had won the state contest Saturday, and returned to win the national contest Sunday. 12 year old Ben Schwartz of Hull finished second.

Meanwhile, 13 year old Mollie Ferrel of Shakopee, Minnesota, won the first girls fence painting competition. 10 year old Hannah Schindler of Hannibal was second, followed by 11 year old Nicole Moore of New London in third.

The Pee Wee fence painting was won by seven year old Natalie Vandiver of Hannibal, followed by eight year old Landon Nichols, also of Hannibal, and nine year old Logan Upchurch of St. Charles.