Design the 2012 Steppin’ Out t-shirt



$500 Prize

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is sponsoring

 a design competition for the

Steppin’ Out 2012 T-Shirt

Steppin’ Out is a summer festival sponsored by the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and held on the first weekend in August of each year. August 3 & 4, 2012 will mark the 32nd annual celebration. The activities include live music, arts & crafts booths, merchant booths, children’s art & craft activities, displays by local nonprofit groups, the Draper Mile running race, and lots of food.

Profits from T-shirt sales not only fund this event, but also are used to support downtown and community improvements and activities such as the Farmers Market, the Downtown Master Plan, downtown benches, the Hand-in-Hand playground, the Arts Initiative, economic development and numerous downtown festivals.

Designs should reflect the character of Steppin’ Out, downtown Blacksburg, or the region.

Judging will be done by a panel of downtown merchants.  The winning artist will be profiled through advertising/news articles, in store windows where t-shirts are sold prior to the festival, and at Steppin’ Out.

Requirements: Maximum of 6 colors on shirt back and 2 colors for pocket logo. The shirt back design must incorporate the words “Downtown Blacksburg” and the date “August 3 & 4, 2012”. The pocket logo should include the words “Steppin’ Out”.


Concept sketches are due by December 15, 2011

They should be delivered to the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. office located at 149 College Avenue, Blacksburg, VA, in the Community Arts Information Office, or they should be mailed to P.O. Box 233, Blacksburg, VA  24063.

Design/artist will be chosen and final camera ready artwork will be due by March 1, 2012.


Visit our website at to see past years’ designs!

 Steppin Out Design Competition Entry form


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