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Current Hog Day design.

The annual Hog Day Festival is a few months away, but its organizers are wanting to refresh the event’s t-shirts. And it’s calling on the community for help with the design. 

“We’ve used the same logo over and over again,” said Craig Lloyd, who is one of the organizers of the festival. “We don’t sell many t-shirts anymore because it’s same darn t-shirt we’ve been selling for five years.”

Hog Day is Orange County’s longest-running festival, first started in 1983. The event raises funds for youth programs and services throughout the county. It features a barbecue contest, arts and craft vendors, car show, children’s area, live performances, and much more in historic downtown Hillsborough. Prior to 2020, in which the festival was cancelled because of the pandemic, Hog Day attracted up to 50,000 people over the two-day event.

Hog Day 2021 will take place on Sept. 17 and 18. 

Anyone wishing to participate in the Hog Day t-shirt design contest should submit their designs to the News of Orange at newsoforangeeditor@yahoo.com. The contest begins June 2, with the deadline for entries on July 4. Finalists will be revealed in the July 14 edition of the News of Orange, and the winning entry will be shared in the July 21 issue. Along with the honor of having your design on the festival’s t-shirts, other prizes will be awarded to participants. A committee will choose the winning entry for the t-shirt design.

For more information about Hog Day, and to see a list of some of the activities, go to hogday.org.