Spill the Tee
By: Katrina Munchez
MakeATeeOnline had a rollercoaster of a weekend at the Coral Springs Our Town Carnival. That’s right our amazing Tee Shirt Fashion Show was last weekend, and let me tell you EVERYONE LOVED IT! We had a blast hanging out and meeting all of our artistic contestants and their families. Between crazy weather conditions, flurries of balloon animals, and storms of eager footsteps running every which way, we held it down MATO style. No height requirement for this adventure. Park up your bumper car and get ready for a carnie story, you won’t want to miss!
As a way to enrich the community, and encourage the continued education of school Arts Programs, MakeATeeOnline.com puts on an annual Tee Shirt Design Contest at Our Town. Held in family fun, philanthropic spirit and all the carnie food you can stomach, it’s our favorite event venue! We wanted to make our sixth annual Fashion Show the best one to date. With not even a month’s time separating us from the Douglas massacre, it was important to provide students a creative outlet for expressing their emotions.
Entry forms were sent to local schools with one conceptual theme to inspire the student’s designs. Encouraging students to focus on what lays ahead for them in life, we proposed this year’s theme to be, “The Future!” With that in mind the kids let their imaginations run wild! The submissions were filled with Technicolor unicorns, Cyborgs battling it out and working with humans. Futuristic cars and buildings were all the rage as our kids designed pictures resembling episodes from The Jetsons. For the environmentally sound, there were some wicked dystopian landscapes, and ones of messages for change. Our kids thought of everything down to future careers of ballerina astronauts!
Stepping into the weekend, we took off head first getting our booth set up and befriending our neighboring carnie stand operators. The foot traffic for the first day would set a heavy precedent for the rest of the weekend. Early birds that weekend consisted of young families and old folks. Stroller pushers watching their knee high kids with icie colored faces chase each other around were a comical morning attraction. The occasional dog parents would stop by and engage in “How are things” banter. Their hounds in constant search of Arepa scraps and sideline praises added to the overall street show cuteness.
Our welcoming smiles and pop up shop closet aesthetic drew in all sorts of characters. With two goals in mind, we dedicated one of our booths for the continued collection of donations for the Feis family. We pulled out all the stops, bringing with us LAT, American Apparel and Bella shirts, tanks and bags with our custom created MSDStrong designs. On stand we had MSDStrong stickers and buttons by the boatload. Ole Reliable, our button maker machine even made an appearance to show everyone just how fun pressing buttons can truly be.
To the right of our MSD merch booth, we transformed our second tent into a full on walk in closet. Shirts floated in rows as proud students pointed out their designs to friends and family. Generations of carnival goers came by all weekend to show support, and cast their votes for which one of a kind futuristic creation they thought was best. We flocked a lot of attention last weekend,and ended up having almost 3000 votes this year! It was so rewarding to see everyone’s positive reaction to what these students worked so hard for. The designs were out of this world!
The Show Must Go On
After battling a weekend of freezing weather and pouring rain, we were determined to get this fashion show going. Come Sunday it was hot! Thank goodness the stage was set under a huge tent, providing everyone with some cooling shade. Showtime was set for 3:15. Parents were to have their kids there at 2:45 for proper prep time. Some were nervous about being in the spotlight, but Meryl was able to shake their nerves, and pep them up about walking. A lot of kids had participated in our show years prior, and knew Meryl would be waiting to ask them crazy questions at the end of the runway. A few of them even carried notes on stage, so they wouldn’t forget any prepped answers. The families in the audience were cracking up with cheers. With over 5000 Facebook streamers, everyone was showing out in support!
With the final walk complete, it was time to announce the winners. First, second, and third place winners would be announced for both Middle and Elementary school contestants. We brought up all the Elementary kids first, and called three lucky names which had collected the most votes for their “Future” themed artwork. The winners were Sydni, Hailey, and Daniela!!! There little faces could barely fit how big their smiles were! Each winner received a backpack full of pens, pencils, notebooks, coupons for free pizza, Italian Icies, and Makeateeonline merchandise!
The elementary applauds had finally subsided. Now it was time for the middle school kids to claim their titles as rulers of their futuristic tee shirt worlds! All weekend we had visitors tell us how hard it is to choose a favorite design. We never said voting would be easy, and we’re so thankful again for the 3000 voters this year because there’s no way we could have picked them on our own. Without further adieu, the winners of our 2018 Our Town Futuristic T-Shirt Contest arrrrrre Safiro, Francesca, and Vanessa !!! The crowd went wild! Cheers were in a full swing, as the students collected their prizes.
Next Week’s Tease:
In good Makeateeonline.com spirit we had prizes ready for the remaining 49 students who were chosen as finalists in our competition this year. All the students got to keep their awesome designs, and parents of course wanted copies of their own. Everyone left with a little more swagger than they had come in with, and that’s what we do. Building confidence, memories, and closet space, the three key components to any great MakeATeeOnline.com event! If you’re looking for a way to get a shirt, or mug of your own with your child’s design on it, check out our ourtown.makeateeonline.com website to shop around. Use my coupon code KAT1 to receive 10% off your next purchase order.
To find out how to get your child’s school more involved with our annual fashion show, stop on by to our storefront, or give us a call at 954-753-7287. We are still selling MSD Strong shirts on our site with the proceeds going to the Feis family.
Finaly, @ MakeATeeOnline when you’re out and about posting selfies in your MATO swag! We will enter you in a chance to win a $25 gift card, and a chance to become slightly famous. Everyone with a working computer and a link to our blog.makeateeonline site will read about you as a spotlight feature on Spill the Tee! Remember, reading is fundamental, so keep up for next week’s surprise posting!