Payton Melton may have just recently graduated from high school, but she’s always been influenced by 1950’s automotive style. Melton was able to capture that nostalgic feel in the winning entry of the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House T-Shirt Design Contest.
An end-of-summer tradition dating back to 1991, the 2019 IDIDIT Car Show & Open House is set for Sept. 14 at the company’s Tecumseh, Michigan headquarters. The event includes an all-vehicles-welcome car show, as well as facility tours, vendor displays, food trucks and more.
The T-Shirt Design Contest, held for a second consecutive year, involved students from the graphic imaging classes at LISD Tech Center in Adrian, Michigan. Determined by an online vote, the winning design is used as the official logo of the event and printed on T-shirts.
Melton was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from IDIDIT for winning the T-shirt design contest. The recent Christian High School graduate is set to begin her freshman year at Huntington University this fall, where she will study children’s ministry and studio art.
Meanwhile, IDIDIT Open House attendees will be greeted by her artwork on signage and T-shirts while they take in the car show and other festivities.
Open to any show-worthy vehicle regardless of year, make or model, the IDIDIT event celebrates car culture in all its forms.
“It’s our pleasure to host some of the most beautiful cars and trucks from throughout the Great Lakes region at our annual Car Show & Open House, and Payton’s beautiful design just adds to the excitement,” said Trever Cornwell of IDIDIT. “This industry is something to celebrate, and we invite all of our neighbors and friends to come share in the fun.”
The daylong event includes facility tours, a vendor tent, food trucks and a live DJ. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for a food drive, and the Lenawee Humane Society will raffle a custom golf cart featuring an IDIDIT steering column.
In the display area, car owners will compete for one-of-a-kind trophies made in-house by IDIDIT craftspeople in nine categories:
- Founder’s Choice
- Best Garage Build
- 1948-Older Street Rod
- 1949-’64 Car
- 1965-’79 Car
- 1980-Newer Car
- 1948-’66 Truck
- 1967-’87 Truck
- 1988-Newer Truck
Best Garage Build is a new category designed to celebrate car owners who performed restoration and rebuild work on their own. TV celebrity Brother JD from Wrench Wars will be on hand to present the inaugural Best Garage Build trophy, and vehicles can be entered in the Founder’s Choice and/or Best Garage Build categories, as well as their appropriate vehicle year category.
Additionally, the Founder’s Choice category replaces the Best Restoration category from previous years. IDIDIT founders Ken and Jane Callison will award the winner of Founder’s Choice.
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