Marielle Simonson, from left, Kassie Kudrna, and Ashley Betzel stand with wooden N statues in the courtyard at Montana State University-Northern Wednesday. Local businesses and fans can participate in the "Big N" competition by purchasing an N kit from the Havre Chamber of Commerce office and decorating their N to match their business or show their school spirit and display their N outside the "N-trance" of their store or residence.
Montana State University-Northern is teaming up with the Havre Chamber of Commerce to kick-start its "Big N" contest.
Business owners and residents may visit the chamber office on 5th Avenue to purchase their Big N, which is a wooden N about 32 inches high and two feet wide, and then paint and decorate it as an entry in the contest.
"We're excited about the Big N," Director of University Relations Jim Potter said. " ... Our goal is to get as many Ns out in the community as possible."
Potter said the contest is not a fundraiser. The Ns are $30 unassembled and $50 pre-assembled and the money pays the cost of the material.
"This contest is designed to 'N-lighten,' 'N-vision,' 'N-hance, ' 'N-vigorate' and 'N-ergize' the Northern School Spirit throughout Havre," Potter said in a press release.
Potter said the point of the competition is for the businesses of Havre to purchase their N and decorate it to reflect their business. For example, a hairdresser would decorate their N with combs, scissors and possibly their logo.
The Ns can be displayed outside, in windows or wherever the purchaser wants to display their school spirit.
If the business or organization makes a float for the Festival Days parade, they can utilize their N on their float for the competition.
A ballot will be in the Festival Days tab of the Havre Daily News September 10. People can vote on their favorite N with the ballot and then give their vote to the Chamber.
The winners of the competition will be announced during halftime of Northern's homecoming football game Sept. 27.
The categories are: best overall, most creative and best use of color. Prizes are two season tickets to every Northern home athletic event for the 2014-2015 season, a press release from the university said.
"It's just kind of fun," Potter said. "It's kind of fun for tourists and visitors to go around and see them."