Archive for Thursday, April 13, 2006

Slogan, logo sought for city’s 150th year

April 13, 2006

Organizers of the De Soto sesquicentennial celebration are hoping to tap into some homegrown marketing talent.

De Soto City Clerk and coordinator of the city's sesquicentennial celebration Lana McPherson said the 13-member board will have contests to develop a motto and logo for the 150th anniversary of the city's founding in 1857.

"It was a committee idea," McPherson said. "We thought it would be appropriate for the 150th celebration to have its own logo and slogan.

"Joe Webb (chairman of the sponsorship committee) was able to get Reece and Nichols to sponsor the contest. So I have to give the credit to him and Jon Kobler."

Kobler is the chairman of the advertising committee. He said winners of both contests would be awarded $100. The deadline for entries is May 15.

Participants of the slogan contest are asked to write a motto of six letters or less, Kobler said.

Contestants are also required to bring entries to De Soto City Hall, 32905 W. 84th St., and sign a release.

"That way everybody has the same chance," McPherson said. "There's no getting lost in the mail or something like that."

The goal of the contest is to build awareness of the sesquicentennial in the community, McPherson and Kobler said. And to encourage as much participation as possible for the event, the contests are open to all.

"We didn't want to limit it to De Soto residents," McPherson said. "We want people from outside of the community to come to our events."

The first major celebration in the yearlong observance will be near the end of this year at the annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting at the De Soto Community Center.

The other three dates for major celebrations are in 2007 and are July 4, the Labor Day Weekend in conjunction with the De Soto Days Festival and a commemoration Oct. 3, the date papers were signed founding De Soto.

What will make those days special will be in the details, like a plan for an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with an ice cream social in conjunction with the city's fireworks display, McPherson said. The yearlong celebration would be enlivened with further details by a series of bi-monthly events, she said.

"We're starting to get our ideas narrowed down," McPherson said. "We're starting to get more volunteers.

"As soon as we get events lined out, we'll be getting back in touch with those people who want to help."

Volunteer forms are available at City Hall or on the city's Web site, www.desotoks.us.

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