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Student's design the winner in boat race poster contest

Release Date: July 12, 2017
LTU Student Hydrofest Poster

The winning poster design from LTU's Daniel Stack.


DETROIT – A Lawrence Technological University graphic design student from Farmington Hills has won a poster design contest to celebrate a century of boat racing on the Detroit River.

Daniel Stack, 22, was the winner of the design contest sponsored by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers HydroFest. The winner was announced in a ceremony at the LTU Detroit Center for Design + Technology.
Stack’s design was selected by a combination of online public voting and the selections of jurors. His poster will be produced as a limited-run poster available for purchase at the 2017 boat races, scheduled for Aug. 25-27. Stack will also take part in “autograph row” along with the drivers to meet fans and autograph his poster on Saturday, Aug, 26.
"The opportunity for LTU's graphic design students to participate in an extracurricular design competition for HydroFest offered an exciting real-world challenge,” said Lilian Crum, assistant professor of art and design at LTU. “Students enjoyed learning more about the significant event in our Detroit community. While the results were ultimately close, Daniel's design conveyed informed aesthetic references and a quality that appropriately celebrates the 100 years of the event."

This year marks the 101st race along the Detroit River, one of the Motor City’s longest-standing sports traditions and the longest continuously running hydroplane race on the H1 Unlimited circuit.

The 2017 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers HydroFest will feature two sets of preliminary heats on Aug. 26 and a winner-take-all final for the President’s Cup, followed by three sets of preliminary heats on Aug. 27 with a winner-take-all final for the prestigious APBA Gold Cup, the oldest active trophy in all of the motorsports.

Single and weekend tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, call the office of the Detroit Riverfront Events Inc. at (313) 329-8047. Visit for complete details.


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