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Paint the Town Red events stir up Gorilla fever

October 14, 2009 12:00AM

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Hundreds of area schoolchildren and their teachers take part in last fall's balloon launch at the PSU stadium in celebration of Paint the Town Red.

The Pittsburg State University campus and community will be celebrating the season's first home football game with Paint the Town Red events Aug. 27-29.

Paint the Town Red, a collaboration between the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, has become a community-wide event in anticipation of PSU football games. Fans are encouraged to wear red, businesses take part by decorating their storefronts, and children even get involved with a special balloon launch at Carnie Smith Stadium. Plans for the weekend include:

Thursday, Aug. 27 - Chamber of Commerce coffee at the PSU Alumni Center, 8 a.m. Judging will be held throughout the morning for the campus decoration contest. At 6 p.m., the Red Rally will be held at Gorilla Village, with free pizza being served.

Friday, Aug. 28 - Paint the Town Red judging will go on all day throughout the city. At 2 p.m., the official Paint the Town Red balloon launch will be held for area children at Carnie Smith Stadium. At 7 p.m., the alumni office will present the movie "Up," on the Jungletron for students, alumni and families.

Saturday, Aug. 29 - A 5K run to benefit PSU Students in Free Enterprise will take place at the Student Recreation Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the participation cost of $12 for a T-shirt and $7 without. Medals will be awarded to top finishers. PSU vs. Central Oklahoma football game that evening with a kickoff time of 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations at 620-235-4758.

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