PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 21, 2015

National Tamale Day Logo Design Contest Open to Santa Barbara Area Students

The movement to create a nationwide day of recognition for tamales began locally. It was
successfully supported by the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, and the country’s first
National Tamale Day is set to be celebrated on March 23, 2016. The Chamber believes the
special day deserves a worthy logo, and has announced a design contest open to high school,
college, and university students living in Santa Barbara County.
Participation is free, and rules are available online on the National Tamale Day website.
The contest winner, along with first and second runners up will be selected by a panel of five
Santa Barbara area design professionals: Michael Bayouth (Bayouth Productions), Brian
Comstock (Brian Comstock Marketing), Courtney Reilly (Upshift Creative Group), Greg Russo
(Joseph Gregory Design), and Leslie Lewis Sigler (Studio Sigler).
The entry deadline is January 31st, 2016, with the winners to be announced at a special
gathering in February. Gift card prizes valued at $550 will be provided by members of the
Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region. In addition to gift cards, the winning contestant also
receives artistic credit as well as special recognition on the National Tamale Day website.
Scott Ericson, Vice President of Sales for the Chamber, says the competition is a way for
talented students in our area to be acknowledged. “They’ll have their work reviewed by graphic
design professionals, and get a real shot at receiving national recognition.” Ericson adds, “We
know the Santa Barbara region has a wealth of student talent, and we expect to receive some
terrific logo designs that are fresh and distinctive, just like a great tamale.”


Richard Lambert
(805) 965-2321

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