Made in the South: Garden & Gun Magazine wants your handiwork

Garden & Gun Magazine — yes, that’s right, Garden & Gun — announces the first year of its Made in the South Awards. The awards, spokespeople for the magazine said in a recent press release, are “a celebration of the rich cultural tradition of craft, design and ingenuity in small, southern-based businesses.”

Through Sunday, August 1, the publication will be accepting entries of southern-crafted items in five categories: food, home, style, sporting and “etc.” (which, explains the press release, is a category for businesses that don’t fit squarely into the other categories).

G & G Editor in Chief Sid Evans says, “Some of the greatest products in the world are made in the South, and the goal of Garden & Gun: Made in the South Awards is to bring more of those products to light. We envision this contest as a celebration of fine craftsmanship, artisan foods and the best of southern style.”

So WNC entrepreneurs, ready to represent? Visit the contest Web site for entry forms and further details. Then get out your finest handcrafted arts, furniture, jams, what have you, and snap some photos; the first round of judging will be based solely on images and entry forms.

Garden & Gun’s design panel will judge and select a winning entry from each category. Stories and photographs of the winning craftspeople and creations will be published in the December/January 2011 issue — the first “Made in the South Awards” feature. One winner overall will be selected by a panel to receive a trip to Charleston, SC for a business consultation with Leapfrog Public Relations and Stitch Design Co.

Contest entry deadline is August 1.

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