Floyd wins TroyFest T-Shirt Design

Published 10:07 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sarah Todd Floyd, a Pike Liberal Arts School third-grader, won the 2011 TroyFest t-shirt design competition sponsored by the Troy Arts Council TroyFest Committee. Sarah Todd’s design will be featured on the TroyFest t-shirts that will be available for purchase at the 2011 TroyFest April 30 and May 1 on the downtown square in Troy. Sarah Todd is the daughter of Todd and Amy Floyd of Troy.

The artwork of an eight-year-old Pike Liberal Arts School student was selected from several hundred entries as the design for the 2011 TroyFest t-shirts.

Sarah Todd Floyd’s bright, happy balloon design will now be seen all around the county as the festive t-shirts spread the word about the annual TroyFest arts and crafts celebration on the square in downtown Troy on April 30 and May 1.

Vicki Sanders, TroyFest committee member, said students in grades K-5 throughout the county were invited to submit entries in the annual TroyFest t-shirt design contest.

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“We had entries from Pike Liberal Arts, Troy Elementary, Covenant Christian and Banks Schools,” Sanders said. “There were a lot of really fantastic designs but we could only select one for the t-shirt. Sarah Todd Floyd’s design just kept catching the eyes of the TroyFest committee.

Sarah Todd said the balloon design just popped into her mind.

“They told us to think about TroyFest and then draw whatever we like best about it,” she said. “Whenever I think about TroyFest, I think about balloons. We could only use three colors. Pink and yellow are my favorite colors so I colored the balloons pink and yellow and added green balloons to give it more color.”

Sarah Todd said she looks forward to TroyFest every year and she especially enjoys the kids’ corner where there are “all kinds of fun games and things to do.”

Winning the t-shirt design contest was very exciting for Sarah Todd and she is looking forward to seeing her colorful balloon design on t-shirts and especially to wearing one.

The t-shirt design competition has become a TroyFest tradition. It originated about seven years ago when the TroyFest committee decided to involve students in the designing the TroyFest t-shirts.

“There were a couple of reasons,” Sanders said. “One, was that we wanted to increase student interest in TroyFest and invite more participation because we have a large children’s area at TroyFest. The other reason was that students would bring fresh ideas and new attitudes to our little celebration.”

The TroyFest t-shirts are great advertisements for the annual arts and crafts celebration and are also a fundraiser for the event.

Hours for TroyFest will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 30 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 1.