PITTSBURG, Kan. – Area residents have the option this year not only to paint the city red, but also to design their own t-shirt, with a chance that their design will be selected as the official shirt for the University of London’s annual celebration. ‘State of Pittsburg. pride before the first home football game in September.
The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and local photography company Mpix announced the launch this week of the first-ever Paint The Town Red T-Shirt Design Contest. Paint The Town Red t-shirts were available in the past, but they were designed by the House, according to Julie Reams, director of House Membership and Special Events.
“This year we thought we would involve the community more,” said Reams, giving the audience the chance to design the t-shirt.
Paint The Town Red is scheduled for September 7-11 this year, and the theme will be “The Great Gus Gatsby”. After the pandemic forced organizers to scale back plans for last year’s Paint The Town Red, they are excited to bring the celebration back to scale this year, Reams said, and will have more to announce about it soon.
T-shirt designs will be judged on how original the concept is, how well they capture the spirit of the Great Gus Gatsby theme, how striking and memorable they are, whether they are eye-catching and visible to a reasonable distance, and if they are print-ready and easy to reproduce.
The designs must be inspired by the theme “The Great Gus Gatsby”, must be a maximum size of 12 “x 12” and must be for the front of the shirt only. “The design must be completely original,” the Chamber notes on its website, but must also incorporate one of three variations of the official Paint The Town Red logo, which can also be downloaded from the Chamber’s website.
Drawings must be created in a vector format (.ai or .eps file) and must be submitted by Friday July 30 at midnight. The Chamber will have the first printing rights on the winning design. Visit pittsburgareachamber.com/pttr/ for more information.