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2013 Blues & BBQ Fest T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

2013 Blues & BBQ Fest T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

Doug Fleener (pictured at right), a graphic designer and musician from Chicago, is the winner of our annual contest to design the official t-shirt of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. The festival takes place Oct. 18-20 at Lafayette Square Park.

Our contest was organized, as it has been for the past three years, by Creative Allies, which connects musicians and events with designers to create logos, t-shirts, posters, album artwork and more.

In addition to bragging rights for being the winning design among dozens of entries, Doug gets a cash prize of $400.

Upon hearing that his was the winning design, Doug sent us this note:

"I'm Doug Fleener and I reside in the Chicago area … we have some pretty good blues here, too! I graduated college with a fine arts degree and have been a graphic designer/art director (in the publishing industry) for almost 20 years … where did the time go? I'm a husband, father and a musician (guitar player), even though I've been a vegetarian for the last four years, I'm excited and proud to be apart of the BBQ & Blues Festival … how's that for irony?

"I appreciate contests, like this one, because it's easy to get yourself in a creative rut ... it's good to exercise the gray matter once-in-a-while and do something different … I already have an idea percolating for next year's contest, I can't wait to enter." We can't wait to see it.

"I wish that I could make it to the festival, it looks like a blast!," Doug wrote. "I'm looking forward to seeing the design being worn!"

For more on the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, see

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