The event took place Aug. 27 as a section of Main Street was closed off to host a huge club fair and a concert featuring three bands. Students and community members enjoyed browsing the different club booths and having a night to get to know the city.
“The event is designed to bring students and the community together while giving clubs the opportunity to recruit students,” said Sara Fallentine, vice president of clubs and student leadership at SUU and the coordinator for the event.
“After over 200 hours of planning, I’m glad to see it all happen and people enjoying themselves,” she added.
There were 75 clubs participating in the event as well as 30 businesses such as The Pastry Pub, Jimmy John’s, Cedar Bowling Center, and Jocelyn’s Floral, Fallentine said. There were also five food trucks at the event.
True to the tradition from the first year, the students “painted the town” by putting their handprints on Centro Woodfired Pizzaria’s wall outside their restaurant on University Boulevard.
In addition, the bands Foreign Figures, Forest Eyes, and Van Ladylove performed in a concert.
This event provides a fun opportunity for the freshmen to find clubs to participate in while also giving the upperclassmen something fun to look forward to the first week of school.
“My favorite part is seeing a bunch of people I know and meeting a bunch that I don’t,” said Danielle Niemela, student and member of both Campus Christian Fellowship and the Psychology Club.
“It also gives a glimpse of the diversity we have here at SUU,” she added.
Community members also joined in the festivities with the students and enjoyed the event. Along with community members, Scott Wyatt, university president, attended the event to interact with the students.
“(My favorite part) is hanging out on the street at the end of the day with happy students,” Wyatt said.
“It’s also good for businesses to introduce themselves and for the students to get acquainted with the community,” he added.
A lot of planning went into making the event possible.
“I have been working on it all summer. I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without my team of club directors helping me,” Fallentine said.
“I helped last year on the day of the actual event, and I had no idea how much work was put into it,” she added.
Paint the Town Red was a success, and a clear evening made the outdoor event a memorable one once again for students while giving the incoming freshman class another welcome to Cedar City.