This year, 39 groups across Oklahoma have been chosen to participate in Fresh Paint Days. Historic Shawnee Alliance (HSA) –– last year's runner-up –– has again been chosen to compete.

• This year, 39 groups across Oklahoma have been chosen to participate in Fresh Paint Days. Historic Shawnee Alliance (HSA) –– last year's runner-up –– has again been chosen to compete.

• HSA will compete for the Best Visual Impact Award through the Communities Primed for Change online contest.

• “We have chosen the building at 701 E. Main in downtown Shawnee as our project,” Linda Agee, HSA chairman, said. “We chose this building because it is located downtown and we believe we can make a substantial difference in its appearance with paint.”

• Agee said the building was built in the 1930s by Haney Oil Distribution Company and operated as a DX gas station until 1976.

• “Owner Ricky Lloyd plans to open it as a hot rod shop after completing repairs,” Agee said. “He has been restoring hot rods for many years and some of his work has been featured in hot rod magazines.”

• The groups will have 30 days to complete their projects using donated paint from H-I-S Coatings of Oklahoma City and a stipend from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

• Winners will be announced at the KOB 26th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration Nov. 17.

• Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I-S Coatings and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB). The KOB program is designed to encourage volunteers to seek out community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources.

• For more information, visit keepoklahomabeautiful.com.