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NWC’s 3rd annual Paint the Town Red event returns Aug. 23

Posted July 17, 2019
By NWC News Desk

Complete with live music, food, activities for all ages and more, Northwest College’s third annual Paint the Town Red event is scheduled to return to Downtown Powell Friday, Aug. 23.

Powell residents of all ages are invited to attend the event and help welcome both new and returning Northwest College students to the downtown area.

NWC students will receive dinner tickets for use with food vendors and be encouraged to take part in the festivities in order to get acquainted to Powell, the community and all town has to offer.

This year’s concert kicks off with local artist Josh Westerhold, who will open for country artist Conor Clemmons.

While Clemmons is relatively new to Nashville, the young performer is far from new to the spotlight. After earning the Indieville 2016 Male Solo Artist of the Year award, he received his first invite to play at the CMA fest and debut the single “Top It Off” from the EP on iHeartRadio in South Carolina.

After its release, his album “Left of Center” quickly entered the iTunes charts at No. 15 on the country charts. From college in New York City as a vocal major to traveling the world singing in productions to a five year run as a starring cast member of The Carolina Opry in South Carolina, Clemmons considers the stage and spotlight his second home.

Following is a schedule of activities that will take place throughout this year’s Paint the Town Red event.


  • Food – Food vendors will be available from 4-8 p.m., or participants can visit their favorite downtown restaurant.
  • Prizes – The first 200 people to arrive wearing red will receive a prize.
  • Scavenger hunt – Participate from 4-6 p.m. in a scavenger hunt at various downtown businesses and be entered to win prizes.
  • Activities for children – There are many scheduled activities for children including balloon animals and face painting.
  • Steamroller printmaking – Visit the Ink Monkeys of the NWC Art Department to see printmaking in action.
  • Basketball contests and Trapper Booster Club activities – Basketball contests with prizes as well as other Trapper Booster Club activities are planned. Children can also meet their favorite Trapper athletes and get autographs.
  • Receive free photo prints – Take photos during the event and use the hashtag #PaintTheTownRedPowell on Twitter and Instagram to receive free photo prints.
  • Heart Mountain Hike registration – Registration will be available for Saturday’s Trapper Booster Club Heart of a Trapper Hike at Heart Mountain.
  • Live music – Local music artist Josh Westerhold will open from 5-6 p.m. for featured country artist Conor Clemmons at Plaza Diane. Clemmons’ performance takes place from 6-8 p.m.
  • NWC Observatory Open House – Visit the NWC Observatory to get a closer look at the night sky from 9-10:30 p.m. Located northwest of the Trapper Field on 10th Street, the all-metal structure houses 10 telescopes and is equipped with a sliding roof.
  • Free movie – Two free movies, “Red Dawn” and “Spiderman into the Spider-Verse,” will be featured at Vali Twin Cinemas at 10 p.m.
  • Street dance – A late-evening street dance with a DJ wraps up the event.


  • Heart of a Trapper Hike – The Heart of a Trapper Hike, sponsored by the Trapper Booster Club and Nature Conservancy, returns Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8 a.m. All preregistered participants will receive a t-shirt and swag bag. Lunch will be provided after the hike. For details or early registration, visit

Paint the Town Red details are available at Follow the NWC Facebook page at for additional updates.

NWC’s 3rd annual Paint the Town Red event returns Aug. 23