Farmers' market hosts T-shirt contest

Article Published: Jun. 2, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Farmers' market hosts T-shirt contest

The Watauga County Farmers' Market is accepting designs for its new T-shirt contest.
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The Watauga County Farmers' Market isn't just looking for fresh food - it's looking for fresh ideas.

"We're having a T-shirt contest with the hopes of bringing some new excitement and community involvement to the farmers' market," said Megan Ward, member of the Watauga market's advertising committee.

The main rule is creativity, but there are a few stipulations.

The contest is open to the public, though contestants can only submit one design via e-mail or hard copy. The design must be 100-percent original and can either be handcrafted or computer-generated. Images must be two colors, though contestants can also choose the T-shirt's color.

Ward said the words "Watauga County Farmers' Market" must be incorporated into the design, which should be 9 by 9 inches and 300 dpi (if computer-generated).

The theme is local, fresh farms, "which is pretty vague, but we wanted to give people a general idea of what we're looking for," she said.

All submissions are due July 2, and a panel of judges, composed of local artists and farmers' market board members, will select a winner at 11 a.m. during the July 9 market.

The winner receives a bag of market goodies donated by vendors, as well as a T-shirt and public recognition.

"We've had the same T-shirt for years," Ward said. "We'll still sell the classic, but we thought if there was a new, fresh design every year, it could be exciting for everybody. We also wanted to give local artists an opportunity to get featured, because they'll get to have their name on the artwork and the T-shirt."

For more information, or to submit an image, e-mail (

The Watauga County Farmers' Market is open rain or shine Saturdays, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Horn in the West, and Wednesdays, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Kmart.

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