Submit your 4th of July Grand Marshal and T-shirt Designs today!

The 4th of July is quickly approaching, and the Ashland Chamber’s official committee is well underway with all the planning to bring the Ashland community another wonderful event.

We invite you to participate in submitting artwork for the design of this year's 4th of July T-Shirt and to help us select the 2018 Grand Marshal. The Ashland Chamber Board and 4th of July Committee would like to announce the 2018 theme for this year's parade: "Ashland's Old-Fashioned 4th of July — Empowering Wellness through Community!"

This year, we wanted to highlight our community's efforts to make Ashland a wonderful place to live and work through the power of wellness. Wellness not only means conscious healthy living, but Mind, Body and Spiritual wellness.

Many organizations and community members work daily to make Ashland special. For example, for the 2018-19 year, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. We look forward to honoring lifelong learning and continued support our local institutions such as OLLI, Ashland's public and private K-12 schools, higher education (SOU and RCC), our vocational schools, the Ashland Public Library, local service clubs, Ashland YMCA and more!

As we gather together to celebrate the 4th of July in Ashland, share your sense of community and join the celebration with your friends and family.

Should you wish to nominate a Grand Marshal who truly embodies this theme, please send your nominations to the Ashland Chamber (same deadline and submission instructions as the design contest).

For the T-Shirt Design Contest, please be sure to incorporate the following elements: Theme; Ashland's Old-Fashioned 4th of July 2018; Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Artwork must be collected by 3 p.m. Monday, April 2.

Submissions may be sent to: Ashland's 4th of July Committee; P.O. Box 1360; Ashland OR 97520; or delivered to the Chamber office at 110 E. Main St. (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday); or emailed to

For questions concerning the contest, contact Kelsey Frantz at 541-482-3486, ext. 104.

The Ashland Chamber’s 4th of July committee, consisting of community volunteers, will select the winning design. The winning design will be featured on the event T-shirts, print and digital publicity, and all entries will be displayed on our website with the artist's name.

Prizes: Grand Prize, $250 cash, two T-Shirts showcasing the design and special VIP Seating for two on the bleachers in front of Zoey's to watch the 4th of July Parade; second place, $100 cash.

All submissions will be featured on our official 4th of July website.

Visit for more information about 4th of July festivities. Parade and booth entry forms will be available later this spring. We look forward to a fun 4th of July!

— Kelsey Frantz is Projects and Special Events Coordinator for the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to, call 541-482-3486 or stop by the office at 110 East Main St.