Space Needle accommodation competition for its 60th anniversary

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The Space Needle and the Seattle skyline are pictured against a cloudy sky, Thursday, April 30, 2020, as seen from Kerry Park.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Space Needle and the Seattle skyline are pictured against a cloudy sky, Thursday, April 30, 2020, as seen from Kerry Park. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Washington’s iconic Space Needle turns 60 this year, and the city of Seattle thinks it could use a fresh coat of paint.

The Space Needle is holding a contest to celebrate the milestone, in which five grand prize winners will be chosen to help paint the monument’s roof Galaxy Gold, the tower’s original color.

To enter, entrants must share their favorite Space Needle memory in 200 words or less via an online form found on the Space Needle website. Entrants can also include photos of their experiences in their submissions.

Submissions will be open through April 17, and the five winners will be chosen on April 21, according to the Space Needle website.

Fifty-five additional winners will also be chosen to receive other prizes, the website said.

The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, according to Seattle Refined. The exhibit drew nearly 10 million visitors and included attractions like a NASA-themed science exhibit, according to the Seattle City Archives.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.

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