We appreciate all of our fans, friends and followers taking the time to enter and vote in our Famously Hot T-Shirt Design Contest, as well as our local celebrity judges for their votes and feedback on the designs. We had so many excellent submissions and the competition was tough. The top eight finalists were selected based on the number of votes received from the public during phase one of the contest, which also met the design and submission guidelines.

I think some of our local celebrity judges best sum it up with their comments:

"It's wonderful to see the contestants embrace the fun (and truthfulness) of Columbia's slogan, "Famously Hot, Surprisingly Cool". These designs show the creative spark that our city has glowing in it. Great job, everyone!" - Shani Gilchrist, Camille Maurice

"Fabulously hot designs! Columbia is full of talent!" - Cheryl Cooper, MidlandsBiz

"I love Columbia and I was glad to see so many great designs!" - Anne Postic, The Shop Tart

Congratulations to Katie McClung, winner of our Famously Hot T-Shirt Design Contest!

Katie will receive recognition on the lighted signage outside the Columbia Regional Visitors Center for one month, as well as recognition on our website, blog and social media sites. She will also receive a prize pack containing two passes to each of the following attractions: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, South Carolina State Museum, SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, Historic Columbia Foundation, and Columbia Museum of Art, plus two River Runner Outdoor Center certificates for a kayak tour down the Columbia Canal, a waterproof cell phone pouch, a $50 gift certificate to be used at Mr. Friendly's New Southern Café, Cellar on Greene or Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar, and $100 gift certificate to be used at the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. She will also receive t-shirts for herself and ten (10) of her friends.

The winning design will be sold in the Columbia Regional Visitors Center, used as giveaways, and sold through our online store on t-shirts and potentially other items.

Congratulations to Tara Hatley, the runner up in our contest!

Tara's design will be sold through our online store on t-shirts and potentially other items. She will receive recognition on our website, blog and social media sites, plus t-shirts featuring her design for herself and five (5) of her friends.

Congratulations to Randy Staples, the second runner up in our contest!

Randy's design will be sold through our online store on t-shirts and potentially other items. He will receive recognition on our website, blog and social media sites, plus three (3) t-shirts featuring his design.

The top eight finalists were so great that we may feature some additional designs in our online store! Check them out: