Paint the Town Green and Gold Returns Sept. 9-14

ATU Golden Girls Dance Team

Arkansas Tech University and the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a week of events highlighting ATU spirit during the fourth annual Paint the Town Green and Gold Sept. 9-14.

Arvest, Sherwood Urgent Care and Textbook Brokers are the 2019 Paint the Town Green and Gold sponsors.

Businesses and organizations participating in Paint the Town Green and Gold will work to decorate their storefronts in Arkansas Tech themes through Sunday, Sept. 8. Judging of those decorations will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Prizes will be awarded for overall champion, best indoor display, best outside display, best first-time entry and Tech pride.

Businesses and organizations interested in entering the storefront decorating contest should call (479) 968-2530 or send e-mail to

Activities will resume on Thursday, Sept. 12, with the second annual March to Main. ATU students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are encouraged to gather near Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field at 6 p.m.

The group will march to Depot Park in Russellville Downtown, site of the Paint the Town Green and Gold Festival.

The festival will take place from 6-8 p.m. and will include live music, food trucks, games and photo opportunities with Jerry the Bulldog, ATU campus ambassador. Kurt Jones Photography will offer Arkansas Tech-themed “Photos in the Alley” at 308 West B Street from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Winners of the storefront decorating contest will be announced at 7 p.m., followed by a pep rally featuring the ATU marching band and spirit squads.

Paint the Town Green and Gold 2019 will conclude with the ATU Family Day football game at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside the stadium, will begin at 3 p.m. on the Crabaugh Hall lawn. Kickoff for the ATU Wonder Boys and the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Game tickets ($10 adults/$5 senior citizens and students) will be available at the stadium ticket office during Party at the Plaza. Those with a valid ATU identification card will receive free admission to the game.