By Mary Duncan
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Even Krista Beck’s papillon, Jack, got into the game.
The small spaniel was decked out with a green mane for Missouri Southern State University’s first “Paint the Town Green and Gold” competition. It was part of the weeklong homecoming activities at Southern.
Beck and Jack learned on Friday that the MSSU decorations at her business, If Walls Could Talk, 2501 N. Range Line Road, earned her first place and a $1,000 prize.
“I learned a lot about Missouri Southern State University’s history and I was very impressed,” Beck said. “When they called to tell me (I won) I screamed. I still can’t believe I won.
“I will definitely buy Jack a treat with the prize money. He took one for the team.”
Beck said she participated because Southern supports the community.
“We need to embrace the Lions because they give back to the community all the time. I wanted to give something back to the Lions.”
“Paint the Town Green and Gold” was a challenge among area businesses to see which ones could come up with the best homecoming decorations. Competing businesses decorated lawns, storefronts and interiors.
Second place went to Choice Marketing, which received $750, and third place went to Commerce Bank, which earned $500.
The contest deadline was Monday. All entries were submitted via email. A panel of judges from KSN-TV and MSSU voted on the winners.
“The winners will be able to walk in the parade and they will be introduced during the homecoming football game,” said Cassie Mathes, director of university relations and marketing.
“We were looking for ways to partner with the Joplin community and spread the Lion pride. It’s our 75th anniversary and we thought it was a nice year to do some special things. I think in the future we may continue to Paint the Town Green and Gold,” Mathes said.
See the pride
To see pictures of the business decorations, visit www.facebook/mssulions.