In April 2013, the Slatington 150th Anniversary Committee sought entrants for a logo design contest to help kick-off preparations for its 2014 Sesquicentennial celebration. The winning logo would be featured during all anniversary events, on all marketing and publicity materials including merchandising, website and social media, printed materials, as well as incorporated into keepsake items. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Kernie Cam Productions' Andrew Kern a native of the Slatington area eagerly jumped at the opportunity to lend his artistic talents to the upcoming milestone.
To prepare for the task at hand, Kern began by researching the history of Slatington and its landscape, architecture, and monuments. While the town is known for many things, including its slate quarries, biking trails, and its resident Northern Lehigh Bulldogs, Kern chose to focus his attention on the iconic monument positioned on Slatington's Main Street: the Fireman's Drinking Fountain. The 12-foot high zinc statue was built in 1909 by J.W. Fiske & Company and features a volunteer fireman holding a child in his left hand and a red lantern in his right. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, this monument served as the focal point of Kern's logo design.
In addition to an illustration of the Firemen's Statue, Kern added a stylized scene of the Lehigh Gap, a water gap created by the Lehigh River through the Blue Mountain, a ridge of the Appalachian mountain range. This scene is contained within a golden oval frame, reminiscent of the Victorian styles of the late 1800's, while a ceremonial ribbon announcing the 150th Anniversary celebration completes the logo and helps to evoke the style of a commemorative seal.
While the entry was ultimately not chosen by the Publicity Committee to represent Slatington's 150th Anniversary celebration, Kernie Cam Productions is nevertheless extremely proud to showcase its submission for the logo design contest here on this site.
To view Kernie Cam's entry for Slatington's 150th Anniversary Logo Design Contest, please click here.