Florida Citrus staff member wins national design contest

Designer Mimi Williamson’s artwork will be featured on a special edition knife

BARTOW, Fla. – A Florida Department of Citrus employee won a national design contest and will have her artwork featured on a special edition knife sold in stores this fall.

Designer Mimi Williamson entered the Victorinox Swiss Army North America design contest with a photograph she captured overlooking Star Lake in Alturas, Fla.

Fans voted for their favorite knife design through a website, and the top three winning designs were chosen to be featured on knives that will be sold at select Sports Authority locations beginning Oct. 1.

Williamson said she knew the photograph was special the moment she took it.

“It’s the only day I’ve ever seen the sky that color,” she said.  “I’m just humbled and honored to have won.”

In addition to the special edition knife, Williamson will receive a $1,000 Victorinox Swiss Army prize pack and a $1,000 Sports Authority gift card.

Williamson, a native of Bartow, Fla., has worked for the Department since 1993.

View her winning design entry here.

About the Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry.  Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels.  The industry employs nearly 62,000 people, provides an annual economic impact of nearly $10.7 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit FloridaCitrus.org.