The search is on for a local artist to design the 2013 Lincoln County Apple Festival T-shirt, with a deadline for entries set for April 1.
Any Lincoln County resident, of any age, may enter up to three designs, which must be the original work of the entrant, said Apple Festival Board Liaison Joyce Dorsey.
The top designer will receive a $200 prize, with the second- and third-place designers receiving $100 and $75, respectively.
The shirts will be worn by males and females of all ages and should include the words “Lincoln County Apple Festival 2013,” as well as the artist’s signature.
Designs, along with contact information, should be submitted in person or by mail to the Extension Office on the first floor of the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton.
Dorsey, who sent a notice announcing the contest to art teachers at area schools and other organizations in January, said she has yet to receive any designs. However, she said she typically ends up with as many as 50 entries, all of whose work will be displayed in the auditorium of the Citizens Center on festival day.
Nonprofit groups are also being sought by the festival board to coordinate the production and sale of the T-shirts. Dorsey said interested groups must submit an application and essay describing why they should be awarded the design, also by April 1.
The selected group will assume complete responsibility for having the shirts printed and will then sell them at an assigned booth on the day of the festival. Shirts may also be sold leading up to the festival, if the organization chooses to do so. However, they are required to be sold at the festival.
The group will also keep any profits made through the sale of the shirts, which will bear the contest winner’s design.
Applicants must explain how the funds from the sale will be used to help the community, and Dorsey encourages those interested to really “pour their hearts out.”
“It’s an excellent fundraiser,” Dorsey said, noting that past selected nonprofits have typically made between $3,000 and $6,000.
The same group will not be selected for more than two consecutive years, unless there are no other qualified applicants.
This year’s Lincoln County Apple Festival is set for Sept. 21. The chosen group will be announced by May 1.
For more information or to request an application form, contact Dorsey at (704) 736-8452.