I tear up when they sing the national anthem, even when they do it badly. I can’t make it through a round of Silent Night, and even the idea of people wearing purple to support their kids makes me a little weepy.
And there has been a lot of purple around Indianola the last few weeks.
The original idea came from Karey Bishop, who just wanted to encourage people to wear purple. But when you have a good idea, there’s no telling where it will end up, and this one branched out.
The paper encouraged people to wear purple on Fridays and take pictures of themselves celebrating purple Fridays. Each week, businesses and groups submitted their pictures and then a winner received custody of the travelling trophy from Bob’s Custom Trophy saluting their spirit.
At the end of the football season, we posted all the photos and people could vote on which one deserved to win the season ending prize. Appropriately enough, the Indianola High School staff pulled out the win, with 56 votes. A group of middle school kids celebrating being purple was second with 37, and the middle school staff came in third with 28 votes.
You can enjoy all the purple pictures in a photo gallery, and stay tuned, we’ll be rolling out a new promotion to reward all our purple wearing supporters before the winter sports season takes off.
And if you want to see the traveling trophy, check out the trophy case at the main entrance at the high school. The trophy will be displayed there until next year, when it will go on its rounds again.