Downtown Joplin was transformed into Lion Country when Missouri Southern State University hosted Third Thursday on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The event is presented by the Downtown Joplin Alliance and featured food trucks, street vendors, entertainment, art and music between First and Seventh streets on Main Street.

The university’s 50th anniversary at the Mission Hills campus was in the spotlight, along with the Korea Semester – the university’s 21st fall themed semester. The university featured more than 50 displays from various campus departments and student groups, including the MSSU Bookstore, a Korean chef offering live cooking demonstrations, chemistry experiments, live animals from the Biology Department, free ice cream for alumni, free inflatable activities for kids, performances by the Lion Pride Marching Band and Southern Jazz Orchestra and student-athletes were on hand to meet fans.