Carolin Fullrich of Fernie Pride Society at the 2021 Elk Valley Pride Festival showing off some radical Fernie Pride merch. (Vince Mo)

Carolin Fullrich of Fernie Pride Society at the 2021 Elk Valley Pride Festival showing off some radical Fernie Pride merch. (Vince Mo)

Fernie Pride launches T-shirt design competition ahead of 2022 pride festival

The winning design will appear on merch for the festival

Calling all creative spirits: Fernie Pride is hosting a T-shirt design contest ahead of the Elk Valley Pride Festival in September this year.

“It’s the inaugural T-shirt design contest,” said Fernie Pride coordinator, Courtney Baker.

The winning design will appear on T-shirts and other merch as part of the 2022 pride festival.

“It’ll be nice to have a new face on the festival with some new merch,” said Baker.

The contest will be open to all ages, and to folks from all over. “We’d love people from the valley to submit work.”

There’s no set theme, and designers are free to come up with what they like. The creator of the winning design will receive $150 and a whole lot of Fernie Pride swag – not to mention their design will be everywhere, and they will get tremendous bragging rights.

While the 2022 Elk Valley Pride Festival is still a ways away, Baker said they were looking forward to the 6th-ever festival.

While they had fingers crossed it could be more in-person this year, some of the features introduced over the last two years were here to stay.

“Even if things are 100 percent open, we’ll likely stick to a hybrid format with some items appearing online (as well as in person) because the audience can be so much bigger,” said Baker.

All the regular and popular events will be back – like rainbow reads, bike decorating, the bike parade, and more.

The 2022 Elk Valley Pride Festival will be held in September this year.

For the T-shirt design comp, here are the details you need: This contest is open to all ages and mediums but submitted image MUST be limited to 6 COLOURS maximum. Image must also be able to be edited if required for printing purposes. Submission is open to your interpretation but clean lines and bold images that translate well onto printed garments are recommended. All artistic mediums are welcomed but submissions need to be either a jpeg or png hi-res file. You are welcome to incorporate the Fernie Pride Society logo BUT it is not to be altered. If you would like a digital copy of the logo please let htem know by emailing You may submit multiple designs but they must be submitted as separate entries. Your design must be entirely original. This means no using anything you do not have the rights to (no copyrighted images, corporate logos, etc).

A complete entry must include the completed entry form (contact details, description of work, completed Parent or Guardian section if under the age of 18, and design image). Entry forms and Parent/Guardian forms can be found at Completed submissions are to be emailed to by MARCH 1, 2022.

The t-shirt design winner will be notified by mid-March where we will then work with you to ensure that your amazing design is ready for printing and available for the public in August 2022, just in time for the 6th annual Elk Valley Pride Festival taking place in Fernie from September 21-25, 2022!

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