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Walla Walla Sweet Onions bring home the gold

by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | April 08, 2010
WALLA WALLA, WA -- For the second consecutive year, artist Diana Schmidt has taken the top award for her Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival poster designs at the Washington Festivals & Events Association conference.

The conference, held March 7-9 at Seaside, OR, saw Ms. Schmidt win for the 2009 poster heralding the 25th annual festival.

The colorful poster, depicting a vintage pickup loaded with enormous Walla Walla Sweets, was the second in what Kathy Fry, director of marketing for the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee, referred to as the "truck series."

"Last year Diana won for the 2008 poster [at the 2009 conference]," Ms. Fry said, adding that Ms. Schmidt's work will again be used to announce the 26th festival.

"This year she designed the third in the 'truck series' for our 2010 festival," Ms. Fry said.

The committee also received a gold award for its "Sweet Skip" event held in 2009. Artist Aniko Samu Kuschatka created the design, which won in the Special Print category.

Ms. Fry noted that the 2010 conference was the final under the auspices of the Northwest Festivals & Events Association, which has seen the Washington and Oregon festival and events organizations come together for a combined gathering.

In 2011, a similar event will be sponsored by the Washington Festival & Events Association and will be held in Belleview, WA.