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October 17, 2012

Fans show Oklahoma State spirit in the street

STILLWATER, Okla. — Hundreds of people lined Hester St. in Stillwater and got their hands dirty for an annual Homecoming tradition Wednesday.

Some even chose to get their feet dirty, as was the case with 3-year-old Arzela Wise and her younger brother, Oliver, 1.

Mother Wilhelmina and her husband assisted the children in their artwork.

“The footprints (are my favorite part),” she said. “She did it last time, too. She started doing it on her own. They get really excited. They can paint their arms or their feet and then they can make handprints.”The Wises have honored the tradition since their daughter was 1. She hopes to continue the tradition as the children get older.

“They get messy,” she said. “It washes off. They come out here and they make a mess and it’s really fun. At home, we do chalk, right? But mixing up paint, that’s a little bit of work and it’s kind of nice to be able to do this and have fun.”

Arzela spent her time adorning the road with orange paint, but also yelling well-known Oklahoma State University cheers.

“O-S-U! Let’s go Cowboys!” she said.

When asked what her favorite part of the OSU experience was, Arzela replied the popcorn she gets to eat at games.

Down the road, OSU freshman Cassie Jackson was participating in her first Hester St. painting.

“It’s lots of fun to get out in the community and do stuff for homecoming,” she said.

But this isn’t the only part of Homecoming week that Jackson is looking forward to.

“I’ve never been to Walkaround,” she said. “I’m so excited.”

As for tips she would share with other first-timers on a day filled with paint and brushes? Don’t be afraid to get messy and wear orange.

“If you don’t wear orange, you’re going to stick out like a sore thumb,” she said.

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