Harborfest Announces 2010 Design Contest Winner

Austin DeMott's design concept was chosen from hundreds of designs submitted as part of the Oswego City School District's Harborfest Design Contest.
Austin DeMott's design concept was chosen from hundreds of designs submitted as part of the Oswego City School District's Harborfest Design Contest.

Harborfest has announced the winning design contest concept for 2010, it was announced today by Harborfest officials. Austin Demott, a 10th grader at Oswego High School, submitted the winning concept.

During this past school year, Harborfest and the Oswego City School District teamed up on a design contest to determine the 2010 Harborfest design theme to be used on the cover of this year’s program, Harborfest Information Guide and as the Harborfest commemorative poster. Entries were submitted from students at the Elementary, Middle and High School grade levels.

“We had many tremendous entries from many talented students of all ages,” said Tom Van Schaack, Executive Director of Harborfest. “Austin’s concept really stood out as he combined elements of Harborfest with this year’s cultural component.” Students from the school district submitted their ideas based on this year’s cultural component “France”.

DeMott’s design was chosen from the hundreds of entries that were received. Austin’s design was used by Step One Creative to create the program and information guide’s covers, as well as the 2010 Harborfest poster. Also incorporated were designs submitted by elementary students from the school district and are incorporated into the background program cover and the 2010 poster design.

“I was very pleased with the overall effort and quality of the Harborfest Poster designs created by my graphics class of approximately 24 students,” said Melissa Martin, Art Teacher at Oswego High School. “We worked on the process and development of the project for approximately 4 weeks. Students were required to complete web research on French culture and imagery, develop idea sketches, and execute the finished design utilizing a combination of drawing and technology skills. I am very proud of all the students involved.” Demott is a 15 year-old honor student at Oswego High School. He participates in track and field in the Fall and tennis in the Spring.

“We are very proud to contribute to the Harborfest poster, brochure and program,” said Oswego City School District Superintendent Bill Crist. “Our students and Art teachers are to be acknowledged and thanked for their artistic talents and contributions. Our community benefits from projects like this. I offer a special thank you to Mr. Van Schaack and the Harborfest Board for the invitation to participate in this special design contest.”

Slated for July 22-25, the 2010 edition of Harborfest will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego’s east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement. A wide variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the Jazz & Blues Stage in East Park, the Veteran’s Stage on West River Walk, the Family Stage at the Novelis Family Park at Fort Ontario and the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park.