GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Organizers of the annual Gautier Mullet and Music festival unveiled the winner of their annual poster design contest Saturday Morning. This year's winning design, called "Its a Keeper," was painted by Ocean Springs artist Scott Rushing. Rushing's painting beat 6 other entries for top honors.
It will be featured on Mullet Festival t-shirts, and all posters, included 100 signed and numbered limited editions. He also won $300 in prize money and a free booth at the festival. The festival committee makes it a priority to always pick local art for their poster.
"We think that they best represent who we are, and that's the coastal heritage. And they know where we come from and who we are as a group of people," said Festival Vice Chairman Cathy Wildschuetz. "We want to give back to the local community; that's what we're here for. That's what we're about."
Rushing said his design was aimed at capturing a bit of local flavor. He said this year's contest was the first one he's entered.
"I think it's great," Rushing said. "I love it. I'm from here, and I want to show everybody what I see around here. And I see fun in the festival community."
The Gautier Mullet and Music fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th at the Old Place Estate in Gautier. The fest is in its 19th year. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended.