Marine Corps Community Services and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is offering graphic designers and artists a chance to play a starring role in the 2011 Beaufort Air Show.
Earlier this month, air station and MCCS officials announced a contest to create the design that will be emblazoned on the air show's official T-shirts, programs and other event memorabilia. The winning designer also receives $500 cash and other prizes, according to a news release.
Jennifer Moneagle, MCCS' marketing director, said event organizers thought the contest would help stir up excitement locally and throughout the region for next year's air show, scheduled for April 30 and May 1.
"We really wanted to get the community more involved in the planning of the air show, and we think there's a lot of talented people out there in the community," Moneagle said.
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The air show, which is held every other year, will feature performances by a number of aerial acts including the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels.
Moneagle said design submissions are due by Nov. 15. A panel of judges from MCCS, the air station and event organizers will notify the winner by Nov. 30.
"The judges are looking for a design that captures the thrill and excitement of the air show," Moneagle said. "We are also celebrating 100 years of naval aviation next year so it'd be great if the designer can work that in as well."
The winning design, the runners-up and seven honorable mention submissions will be displayed Dec. 1 in the window of the former Lipsitz Department Store on Bay Street.
Though they have yet to receive any submissions, Moneagle said her staff has received more than 50 calls from designers inquiring about the contest, which also is open to Beaufort-area Marines.
"The questions that we're getting are clearly from those who intend to submit a design," Moneagle said. "They want to know about what kind of file to send, what color palettes to use, things like that. We've gotten a lot of interest from all over the country but we're kind of hoping that the winning design is from someone local. It'll be blind judging so the judges won't know where the designers are from, but we're hoping the winner is from our community."