Volunteers to decorate Michigan Ave. with paw prints

BIG RAPIDS — The city is going to the Ferris State University bulldogs.

Before the start of Summer Fest, an event designed to welcome incoming FSU students, early Saturday, Aug. 25, volunteers will be painting paw prints to represent the mascot’s walk from the university through downtown.

“We have been trying to get this approved for three years,” said Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Heinzman. “There will be a paw print every 40 feet from Cedar Street to Hemlock Street to look like a bulldog is walking from campus to the Muskegon River.”

Heinzman said there will be a total of 127 paw prints straddling the middle of Michigan Avenue.

Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, in front of Serendipity, and will be split into groups to tackle different parts of the project, such as tracing a chalk-outlined print in paint, using a roller to paint the inside of the paw prints or moving cones around each new bulldog footstep.

The paint will dry in approximately 45 minutes, meaning traffic will not have to be rerouted for long while volunteers are painting. Motorists also will maneuver around cones as the finished paw prints dry.

“We are going to have this be a part of Summer Fest,” Heinzman said, noting the event is planned to be an annual visual representation of FSU pride. “We are hoping this will become a fiber of our community and the students will be excited to be a part of this.”

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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