The fourth annual showcase of creativity and meticulous mowing of grass sports fields has begun as the STMA launches its 2019 Stars and Stripes contest.
Only members of the Sports Turf Managers Association – an organization comprised of 2,700 professionals who oversee sports fields around the world – are invited to submit their entries for the contest which focuses on Fourth of July themed designs.
Sports fields emblazoned with everything from flags and patriotic emblems have previously been seen in the competition with last year’s winner from Ryder Haulk and his team at Purdue University. Their ‘Red, White and Purdue’ creation featured 50 stars and 13 stripes within the Purdue “P” at Bittinger Stadium.
Entrants can only create their designs from using mowing equipment or paint and will have to be submitted via Facebook until July 7. The public will then vote on their favorite design from July 8 to 14.
“This contest provides an opportunity for sports turf managers to showcase their creativity with a fun patriotic twist,” said Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “We’ve seen some stellar field art over the years and look forward to seeing what our members come up with this summer.”