Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Official logo chosen for city’s newest fest

October 6, 2005

Disappointed with a lack of submissions and in search of a signature calling card, a steering committee in charge of organizing next year's Basehor Dairy Days festival re-opened its logo contest weeks ago.

It's a good thing they did.

If they hadn't extended the contest's deadline, Basehor resident Sharon Garnett never would have submitted a design, and Dairy Days would have been robbed of its official logo.

"I just thought I'd give it a shot this time," said Garnett, a former graphic artist. "It was just kind of a spur of the moment thing."

Tuesday morning, the Dairy Days organizing committee announced Garnett as the contest winner. Her design will be used to promote and advertise the festival, scheduled for June 3.

Garnett modestly accepted news that she'd won the contest. Her initial reaction upon hearing hers was the winning entry:

"I just thought, 'I hope I wasn't the only contestant,'" she said.

Others weren't so sheepish in doling out praise for Garnett.

Committee member Jenne Laytham said all contest entries were clearly the work of talented artists, but that Garnett's stood out.

"Sharon's logo entry was selected because it fit all the criteria we were looking for," Laytham said. "The outline of a milk bottle that she used reflected our dairy heritage, the font style was fun and easy to read, and we all fell in love with the adorable cow."

The committee presented Garnett with a $50 check and true to an earlier vow, she promptly donated the money to the Basehor Community Library.

"I'm one of their frequent fliers," she said of the library. "I think the Basehor library is a good place with nice folks and, in fact, Basehor itself is a lot like that."

Plans for the first-ever Dairy Days event, which organizers hope will become an annual celebration, are continuing. The event will take place at Basehor-Linwood High School and there should be a plethora of activities for visitors to choose from.

Organizers said more and more food vendors and crafters are signing up to satisfy appetites and sell wares. And, activities such as live music and children's games also will be available.

The Basehor Gold PRIDE Performers, a troupe of area retirees who act out skits periodically, recently signed on to conduct a "history of Basehor" production as part of the festival.

A parade is also in the works.

Organizers said anyone interested in participating in the event's coordination should attend the committee's monthly meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 8, at the Basehor Veteran's of Foreign Wars post.

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