Covered in RED

Annual event promises to be fun for all ages

| Gretchen Burns reporter |

Paint the Town Red is celebrating its ninth year at Pitt State and it is just as full of events as ever.
The celebration, sponsored by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the PSU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, for this year lasts from Wednesday, Sept. 3, to Saturday, Sept. 6.
The event is put on to acknowledge and celebrate the first home game for the PSU Gorillas. On campus, Paint the Town Red is all about the upcoming game and friendly competition it inspires between the university’s offices and departments. In the community, it is so much more.
Paint the Town Red was started with a goal of bridging the gap between the university and the city. It also had a goal of raising pride and spirit between the two. With huge growth every year, the celebration looks to be just as exciting.
The event lineup started the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 3, with the Elementary School Lego Brick Building. Thursday, Sept. 4, saw the judging of campus competitors in the annual decorating contest. Offices across campus, including Career Services and the Registrar’s Office, received a mini-makeover, sporting Pitt State red and yellow in whatever creative way or themes each office chose.

Members of Alpha Gamma Delta decorate for Paint the Town Red week in support of Pitt State's football team.

Members of Alpha Gamma Delta decorate for Paint the Town Red week in support of Pitt State’s football team.

Thursday evening a community pep rally is scheduled with the goal to inspire school spirit. The pep rally will be held in Gorilla Village, located behind Carnie Smith Stadium. The Pride of the Plains Marching Band will perform at 6 P.M., and free pizza will be provided on
first-come, first-served basis.
Friday morning, Sept. 5, will be decoration judgment for the businesses of Pittsburg. In the afternoon a PSU athlete autograph session will take place, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Fans will have the chance to receive an autograph of their favorite Gorilla athletes. At 2 p.m. the city’s third-graders will participate in the official Paint the Town Red Balloon Launch. The future gorillas will release balloons from the center of Brandenburg Field. They will also meet Gus, the university’s mascot.
Friday night will also see a Downtown Block Party from 5:30-8 p.m. A bounce house will be set up on Pine Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets. The block party will have a variety of free activities games and businesses will be open. Pitt State athletes will also be available for autographs and pictures.
A Kids Fun Run will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the 5K race will begin at 7 p.m. The Kids Fun Run is free, but registration is required. Both races will be held at Fifth and Pine.
At 8 p.m. the Colonial Fox Theater will show “The Lego Movie” as part of its monthly night flicks.
Saturday, Sept. 6., marks the end of the celebration but not the end of the entertainment. The PSU Gorillas will take on the Northeastern State River Hawks at 7 p.m. at Carnie Smith Stadium.

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