Natchez Balloon Festival Launches 2022 Poster and T-Shirt Art Contest – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Balloon Festival is holding a competition for the artwork of 2022.

The annual hot air balloon festival is approaching its 37th year of bringing hot air balloons from across the country to the skies of Miss-Lou.

Year after year, artists create a poster and t-shirt, often brightly colored and creatively themed, in hopes that their design will be used for the event. Posters from years past are still sold at hot air balloon festivals and collectors line up to find them.

The winning design will be used for t-shirts, posters and other items promoting the event, which is due to take place October 14-16 in Rosalie.

The winner will also receive a cash prize of $1,000, said organizer and executive director of the Historic Natchez Foundation, Carter Burns.

All designs must be submitted in digital format via email to by June 29 for review.

Art should be able to fit standard poster and t-shirt sizes and should include the event name and year.

“We want them to be as creative and colorful as possible with their submissions, keeping in mind that they will be used for t-shirts and posters,” Burns said.

Questions can also be submitted to