Fourth in the Park launches new website, T-shirt contest

Tired of winter? Then turn your thoughts to July.

The Fourth in the Park Committee—the folks who bring the annual July 4 festivities to St. Anthony Park—is cooking up new ideas to get the community involved in the patriotic celebration, including a new website, Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a commemorative Tshirt design contest that kicks off March 1.

Josh Becerra, Jeanne Hansen and Emma Seeley, three St. Anthony Park residents who stepped in to coordinate the Fourth in the Park after longtime organizers Cindy Thrasher and Julie Glowka stepped down last summer, are offering cash prizes for the T-shirt contest: $200 will go to the winner, and four runners-up will received $25 each.

The committee is seeking both amateur and professional designers, 14 years or older, to enter the first of what they hope will be an annual competition. The plan is to create a few hundred T-shirts to sell as a fundraiser for the Fourth in the Park. “Our hope is that 30 years from now, someone will be sporting a 2015 commemorative shirt,” Becerra said.

The website,, has everything you need to know about Fourth in the Park, including information about how to volunteer for and donate online to the free, allvolunteer event and the T-shirt contest particulars, which are listed below:

* Designs should measure 12×12 inches.

* Designs must be original and may be hand-drawn or computerdesigned and can be created in color markers, paint, color pencils, inks, chalks or crayons, but “clip art” is not allowed.

* The design is for the front of the shirt only and must be created by using a maximum of four colors.

* The event title, “4th in the Park 2015” should be a prominent part of the design.

* To enter your original design, download and complete an Official Entry Form and email your entry form and artwork as two separate attachments to If you are unable to submit the entry form as a separate attachment, you may submit your name, address, age, email and daytime phone number in the body of the email. All submissions must be a digital file attachment (PDF or JPG). Hand-drawn artwork must be scanned and converted into a PDF file; no photographs of original artwork will be accepted. Artwork must be emailed either as a PDF or JPG and must be a minimum of 300 dpi. File size should be no greater than 3 MB.

* There is a maximum three entries during the contest entry period per person. All entries must be submitted together.

* The contest begins at 12:01 a.m. (Central Time) March 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) April 20. All entries must be received by April 20.

* Judges will choose five finalists; the public will then select a winner through online voting on

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