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Fall Frolic, and a contest

October 7, 2010

There’s an event brewing on the WNCC campus. Mark your calendar: October 23.

It involves running, if you like.

Or walking.

There’s a costume contest, if you like.

Or, you can just come eat some pancakes and gawk at the costumed people.

You might even win a television set, if you print out and complete the registration form here and get it to the Harms Center along with your $ before the end of the day on Monday (October 11).

It is . . .


For now, it’s “just” a 5K run/walk-10K and 10K relay race-costume contest-pancake breakfast-fun event for kids. And this is just the first year.

Imagine . . . this event is on the Scottsbluff campus. WNCC has multiple campuses . . . can anyone say “race series”?

Just think . . . how cool would it be to have an Oregon Trail Marathon someday, and attract top-notch runners and national attention to the region, all in the name of education . . .

Okay, back from the daydreaming . . .

The Fall Frolic, in its current form, is designed to raise awareness and money for the WNCC Foundation. Don’t know what the heck the WNCC Foundation is? Read about it here.

In an out-of-the-way corner of the country like Western Nebraska, in a business and economic climate like what we’re currently experiencing, a solid community college can make all the difference in the world for both the young and not-so-young who have the desire to improve their knowledge and skills to make a better life for themselves and their communities. Supporting the WNCC Foundation by supporting this event means you believe in the power of education and have hope for the future and for this region.

Okay, enough of the serious-type stuff. This event is going to be a blast! A group of fun-loving volunteers is working hard behind the scenes so the event will run smoothly. Many of the volunteers on race day will be in costume.

I love costumes!

For entertainment value, and to potentially increase traffic to this post, I will risk personal embarrassment and show you some examples of me enjoying costumes.

Me, as Martha Stewart (note the kitchen utensils, tool belt, spray adhesive, and ImClone stock), at a costume party with the theme "annoying."

Husband and me as Blue Meanies from the Beatles' Yellow Submarine movie, at a costume party with the theme "blue."

Husband, as praying mantis, and me, as peanut butter and jelly sandwich, at a costume party with the theme "something you liked when you were a kid."

At a Halloween race in Iowa Falls. Me, as "fish food," reprising a costume from a "something that scares you" theme party. (I hate having my extremities nibbled on by unseen fish. So creepy!) Husband went for the praying mantis look again, but a different species this time.

A photo from my favorite costume race of all time: Living History Farms Race in Urbandale, Iowa. Husband and I dressed as crayons that year.

(Have not even BEGUN to think about what I will wear to the Fall Frolic.)

About the costume contest

I will not be participating, so you don’t have to fear my competition. I will be a volunteer judge and will not sign up for the race. To be in the contest, you have to sign up for the race.

The categories are:

  • Best 4-person relay team theme
  • Best duo
  • Best homemade costume
  • Funniest/most original costume

(There will be a separate contest for kiddos.)

The other contest

Here’s another contest: bloggers seem to like to give stuff to readers in contests. I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet, but I’ll give it a try here. We need one more judge for the costume contest at the race. It could be you, if you:

  • are available to be at WNCC in Scottsbluff from about 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 23
  • reply by Monday, October 11 to this post and answer this question: “why is it OK for grownups to dress in costumes?”
  • have your name drawn at random as the lucky winner* (*subject to the approval of the rest of the volunteer committee)

. . . GO!

And now, a word to our sponsors

Back to a quick serious note to close.

I have volunteered to solicit donations for community events in my previous cities, and I served in that capacity for the Fall Frolic as well.

It’s never easy to do a “cold call” and risk rejection.

Somehow, it was harder here. I think it was a combination of factors.

It’s a smaller community with fewer businesses. I imagine they get hit up for donations approximately 10,000 times per week.

We got started a little late and were asking for donations towards the end of the year when many businesses’ charity budgets were tapped out.

And the economy kinda stinks.

So I am REALLY, REALLY grateful to the businesses who did jump on board (especially to the ones I solicited personally: fist bump to you, Walgreens, Walmart, Panhandle Coop and Target!)

Check out the gloriously colorful parade o’ sponsor logos on the race page.

Please visit these businesses, and when you do, say “thanks.”


Copyright 2010 by Katie Bradshaw

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