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View and Vote for July 4th-themed Sports Field Designs


Casey Griffin's design at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M., won the inaugural 'Stars and Stripes' contest through the Sports Turf Managers Association.

Entries for the third annual "Stars and Stripes" contest sponsored by the Sports Turf Managers Association can still be submitted via Facebook, but only through July 8 so time is short.

For this contest, association members craft Fourth of July-themed field designs with mowing equipment or paint for a chance to win complimentary registration to the STMA Annual Conference, which in 2019 will be in Phoenix. Additionally, a poster of the winning field will be on display at the conference.

The general public may vote via Facebook from July 9 to 15. The design receiving the largest amount of votes will be declared winner, upon verification.

"This contest provides an opportunity for sports turf managers to showcase their creativity with a fun patriotic twist," says 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 year."

Last year's winner was Andrew Marking, Head Groundskeeper for the Quad Cities River Bandits (Davenport, Iowa), the Class-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. With the help of Assistant Groundskeeper Andrew Anderson, Marking crafted a "Banks of the Mississippi River" field pattern at Modern Woodmen Park. The intricate design generated nearly 200 Facebook "likes." Marking's experience in the turf industry includes stints with the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Texas Rangers, Louisville Bats and Purdue Athletics.

Only STMA members are eligible to enter and previous winners will not be considered.

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