Without thumbs, it wasn’t easy for Nathan to remove the paper off the back of his new PIKE bumper sticker. But he was motivated, because the white and black euro sticker is pretty trendy. Mysterious even.
Some 1000 Pike stickers were recently produced, paid for by local hotel tax money. The stickers are free, if you can find them, at various spots in Pike County where tourist pamphlets are distributed.
It is the second year the Pike stickers have been produced.
So what’s the deal with all these white oval stickers sporting unexplained letters?
The egg shaped sticker originated in Europe in 1969 where vehicle license plates in different countries have a similar look.
Oval stickers with code letters showing which country the vehicle hails from were created so officials could quickly tell the home country of a car or truck.
The style came to the United States a few years ago, used to promote various locations. LBI for Long Beach Island, VT for Vermont, HH for Hilton Head, and now, much less cryptic, PIKE for Pike.
The stickers promote the county tourism website.