After a three-month search for the best local celebrities, Casey's General Stores Inc. has named Ray Sorensen II, of Greenfield, Iowa, as the winner of its Casey's Famous People Contest.

Known as "The Freedom Rock Artist," Sorensen hosts an annual tribute to military heroes and their families with his murals on Freedom Rock, located along Iowa Highway 25.

To recognize Sorensen's work, Casey's recently hosted a pizza party for his hometown where more than 585 residents visited the store throughout the day for a free slice of pizza. Casey's also presented Sorensen with a $5,000 grand prize check during the event.

"The residents of Greenfield really came out to show their support for Ray and all he does for military veterans and their families," said Robert J. Myers, president and CEO of Casey's. "We were honored to have such an outstanding local celebrity enter the Casey's Famous People Contest, and we look forward to Ray's continued success."

Casey's Famous People Contest began in July with a community-wide call-to-action asking Facebook users to nominate local "celebrities" from their hometowns. The contest generated more than 650 nominations, which were narrowed down to three finalists. The second- and third-place winners each received a $500 runner-up prize.

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