By Nancy Edwards
The 27th annual T-shirt design contest for the Fishers Freedom Festival is currently accepting drawings from any student, Kindergarten through eighth grade, residing in the Hamilton Southeastern district.
This year’s theme, “Where Families and Friends Unite,” was chosen by the 40-plus volunteers who participate in the festival each year, according to Jennifer Kehl, executive director of the Fishers Freedom Festival.
“The event is to celebrate bringing everyone together and enjoying a weekend of family activities that are (mostly) free so that people of all economic levels can enjoy the event without spending a lot of money,” Kehl said.
Drawings may include up to four colors, with the exception of white, as the T-shirts are white. Kehl also said that judges look for creativity, and a design that would be easily reproducible. Other guidelines include the following:
- Drawings must be on 8 ½” x 11” paper
- There can only be one entry per student
- Computer drawings are not allowed
- Black and white drawings are not allowed
- Previous T-shirt contest winners are ineligible
- All entries must be legible and have “2015 Fishers Freedom Festival” and the theme, “Where Families and Friends Unite” spelled correctly in their design
- On the back of the entry, participants must include the student’s first and last name, age, home address, home telephone number, grade, school and art teacher’s name (if applicable).
While students must live in the Hamilton Southeastern district, attending a school within the district is not mandatory, according to Kehl.
“We just encourage kids to participate (in the contest),” she said.
Individual drawings or classroom packets must be submitted by March 2 to either the Hamilton Southeastern Administration Office at 13485 Cumberland Rd., the Fishers Freedom Festival office at 8591 E. 116th St. (directly behind Fritz in Fishers car dealership) or mailed to P.O. Box 930, Fishers, 46038.