Minnesota man draws up winning Corn Fest logo

By Diane Strand The more things change the more they stay the same? High-flying Corn Fest will be at a brand new site this year, the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. But the winning 2008 logo design is by an old friend of the annual DeKalb celebration Lisa Angel, chair of 2008 Corn Fest, reported receiving several very attractive logo submissions and it was hard to choose, but the top honor went to Tony Horning, a former NIU graduate student who is now a graphic designer in Minneapolis, Minn. While preparing for an NIU fine arts degree, Horning worked at Competitive Edge and produced the T-shirt designs for Corn Fest from 1992-1997. Angel explained, “After hearing there was a contest for this year's logo, and with many fond memories of Corn Fest, Tony said he couldn't resist entering.” Horning now resides in Chanhassen, Minn., working for a graphic design firm in Minneapolis that has produced logos for various minor league teams, including the Rockford Ice Hogs. The firm also produced the artwork for many Wheaties boxes. Horning, who is married with two young daughters, keeps busy with freelance design and illustration work. Corn Fest planners are hoping for fine weather this August for the festival which has drawn as many as 100,000 visitors. The celebration includes numerous events including live music in the beer garden, the steaming, buttered corn giveaway, carnival rides, merchants' booths, a wide variety of ethnic foods and other activities for both adults and children.