Winter must be approaching, because the City of Evanston has launched the ninth annual edition of its "Paint Evanston Plows" contest in which kids paint the blades of snow plows and residents vote for the one they like best.
This year's contest theme is tied to the current city project to redesign Fountain Square downtown, so students at the eight participating schools were asked to come up with their own ideas to imagine what the square might become.
The plow blades are on display now in front of the Civic Center and pictures can be found online — where you can also cast your vote. Or you can vote by calling 847-448-4311.
The schools participating this year are Dawes, Kingsley and Lincolnwood elementary schools; Chute, Haven and Nichols middle schools; and St. Athanasius and Roycemore schools.
Voting closes on Monday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
On Monday, Nov. 17, at the City Council meeting, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will present plaques to winners in the following categories: “Best Theme Spirit,” “Evanstonian’s Choice,” and “Mayor’s Choice.”