Fountain contest: a tribute to the goddess of wine

The fourth fountain in our weekly contest is in a courtyard in the Plaza. It was imported to Midtown Kansas City from Italy, and depicts the protector of vineyards and orchards.

Midtown resident Doris Yonker wins our fourth fountain contest and gets two tickets to the Jiggle Jam Family Music Festival.

She was the first to identify the Pomona Fountain at a courtyard corner of Ward Parkway and Wornall Road.

It depicts the Roman goddess Pomona, protector of vineyards and orchards. It was imported from Italy and installed in 1969. The sculptor was Donatello Gabrielli and the original is in a king’s palace in Thailand.

A partial picture of another fountain will run each Wednesday until May 8, with winners announced the following Mondays along with a story of the fountains.

The contest gives people a chance to show off their knowledge and is intended to raise awareness of the legacy of fountains in a city rich with them.

But while the city may have more fountains than anywhere but Rome, many are in disrepair and one is dead in the water, not functioning at all.

The City of Fountains Foundation is attempting to raise about $2.7 million in private contributions to repair the eight fountains in the most need.

Donations can be sent to City of Fountains Foundation, 4049 Central, 64111.

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