Chamber Announces 2007 Paint The Town Red Events

JONESBORO - The ASU committee of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce announced plans today for the annual Paint The Town Red slated for September 4 thru 8.  In its eleventh year, Paint The Town Red is a weeklong series of events to celebrate the first ASU home football game of the year.

The week will kickoff Tuesday with the reading of a Mayoral Proclamation by Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon at University Heights Elementary School. The students will then launch hundreds of red balloons to signify the start of the week.

A business decorating contest will be judged Wednesday from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Categories for the contest include exterior, interior and a first timer's award.  The Spirit Award is given to the business that best demonstrates their Indian Spirit through, cheers and living outdoor scenes during judging. A traveling trophy will be awarded for the best window display among the Downtown Merchants.

Several area elementary schools have decorated their classroom for the school decorating contest, which will be judged Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. One winner will be picked from each school and then an overall winner will be chosen from that group.

Join Coach Steve Roberts, the ASU Football Players, Red, the ASU Cheerleaders, the A-Team and the Indian Family for the "The Big, Great A-State Tailgate", which will be held Friday in the streets of downtown Jonesboro from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Main Street from Washington to Cate will be closed to accommodate for the event. Vendors will serve food, sodas, and ice cream.  Live entertainment will be provided by Guit Down and the ASU band.

Paint the Stadium Red will take place on Saturday at 6:00 pm at Indian Stadium when ASTATE meets the University of Memphis. Fans are encouraged to fill the stadium and wear red in support of ASU.

"Paint The Town Red really energizes the campus and the community," said Derek McPike, Chairman of the ASU committee.  "We encourage everyone to participate in Paint The Town Red Week and help us kick off the football season!"