, NC – In honor of the 128th annual Soldiers Reunion, the Newton Appearance Commission is sponsoring the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue patriotic decorating contest.

Residents and businesses within the city of Newton are invited to decorate their homes, yards, or businesses with a patriotic theme for the chance to win cash prizes.

Judging will take place from Friday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Decorations must be in place during that time to be considered for the contest. Winners will be announced on the Appearance Commission’s Facebook page. They will also be posted on the city of Newton website and at the Appearance Commission’s booth on Reunion Day.

The Appearance Commission hopes members of the community will show off their patriotic spirit during the upcoming Reunion Week activities and show our city’s patriotic pride.

One winning business and one winning home will each receive a $75 Lowe’s gift card. One honorable mention business and one honorable mention home will each receive a $25 Lowe’s gift card.

Decorating Contest Instructions:

Registration is required. Registration forms are available at the Main Library in Newton, Newton City Hall, the Newton Recreation Center, and at

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Registration forms may be submitted to the drop box at Newton City Hall or emailed to

Decorations must be a patriotic theme and be visible from the street. There is no fee to enter. Please contact Appearance Commission Chair Collette Touchette at if you have any questions.