Aiken's Makin' tops the charts again

Aiken’s Makin’ continues to receive recognition around the state. The Aiken Chamber’s annual arts and crafts show, walked away with four awards for excellence at the South Carolina Annual Festival and Events Convention held in Charleston.

The awards recognize and highlight several categories of excellence.  Aiken’s Makin’ received the following awards for 2012:  Sponsor of the Year, the Green Award, Best T-shirt, and Best Poster.

The Sponsor of the Year award recognizes local business Dumpster Depot.  Owner Norman Dunagan was instrumental in helping to make Aiken’s Makin’ more environmentally friendly and the post-event cleanup much lighter.

Dunagan provided trash services for Aiken’s Makin’ at no charge.  He planned trash bin locations, worked the locations with volunteers, provided dumpsters, and removed all waste materials from the show’s footprint. 

“The passion Norman has for recycling is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before,” said Shelia Taylor, First Citizen Bank, and co-chair of the 2012 Aiken’s Makin’ show.

Through the efforts of Dumpster Depot and many volunteers, the Chamber received the Green Award, which recognizes “going green” initiatives.  Aiken’s Makin’ attendees diligently put their recyclables in the labeled trash bins, and, as a result, the following was achieved:

52% of the total volume of waste was captured for recycling 

•35 yards of trash were recycled

•more than a ton of cardboard waste was recycled, and 

•87% of the plastic bottles sold were recycled

“We were pleasantly surprised by these great recycling statistics and will work even harder to get more trash recycled next year,” said Aiken’s Makin’ Co-Chair John McMichael, Hutson-Etherredge Companies.

Each year the Aiken’s Makin’ Committee brands its look by incorporating the same artwork on the poster, billboard, newsprint, and t-shirt. 

The 2012 t-shirt design maintained the overall theme of the event and raised the technology bar a little. The shirt featured a QR code imprinted on the left sleeve. 

Visitors to the show were able to use their “smart” phones to scan the QR code, which linked them to the show’s map and vendor list, allowing shoppers to locate their favorite vendors with ease.

Last year, the Chamber held a competition to name the frog that has been used in some of Aiken’s Makin’ promotions.  “Arty” appears to be looking with awe and wonder to see what is in store for visitors to Aiken’s Makin’.

“As always, the Aiken’s Makin’ Committee has done an excellent job with the t-shirt and poster design.  I commend everyone, all the volunteers, the City staff, and the Chamber’s professional staff, involved in this exceptional arts and crafts show on receiving these four awards for excellence,” McMichael said. 



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