Third Pioneer Palooza to feature WBU athletes

Release Date: September 4, 2009

PLAINVIEW – A few things about the Plainview Pioneer Palooza have not changed. It’s still a free event for families, still has fun activities for children and is still on the Saturday wrapping up Wayland Baptist University’s annual Pride Week on campus.

But this year’s celebration takes on a little different tone with the focus on Wayland’s athletic community. Slated for Saturday, Sept. 12, the Palooza will feature various game and activity booths with a sports twist, hosted by WBU student athletes.

“We’ve talked about doing another event to introduce the community and our young people to our own talented athletes, and it worked out great to combine that with our annual Palooza event for Plainview,” said Teresa Young, director of communications and event organizer. “Our coaches were very cooperative about giving their students a chance to meet local kids and promote their programs as well.”

The event will technically begin at 1:30 p.m. with the Kappa Delta Pi Corporate Spelling Bee, set to be held in the Mayer Foundation circular drive on the west side of Harral Auditorium (about 7th and Utica streets). Teams from businesses and organizations will battle it out for the coveted trophy in that fun event that raises funds for future educators and the Hale County Literacy Council. Teams may still register for the event by calling Young at 291-3585. The team entry fee is $100 for businesses and organizations and $50 for schools.

In addition, spectators are welcome to come watch the spelling bee action in the drive area or bring blankets and spread out on the grassy area around the driveway. Cheering for teams participating is allowed and encouraged and there is no admission fee to watch the spelling bee.

At 2:30 p.m., game booths will open in the nearby Laney Student Activities Center gymnasium, with a few inflatable games on the Laney lawn. Games will include a soccer shoot-out with the Pioneer Soccer team, a basketball shooting game with Pioneer Basketball, Speed Pitch with Pioneer Baseball, drills with the Flying Queens, wacky relays with the Pioneer Track and Field/Cross Country program, balloon relays with the Pioneer Volleyball team and hole-in-one golf shooting with Pioneer Golf. The Wayland Cheerleaders will be handing out megaphones and goody bags and doing face painting for children as well.

In addition, children can collect trading cards for Wayland sports teams that feature their home game schedules and even get autographs from athletes on hand. All games and activities for the Palooza are free and open to children of all ages.

An additional activity sponsored by the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society will be a pie-throwing contest. Children will get a free shot to hit a WBU professor in the face with a whipped cream pie, while college students and adults will pay a small fee to do the same. The professor earning the most “hits” for the afternoon will receive a gift card prize. All Palooza guests are welcome to participate in the pie-throwing fundraiser.

Parents can relax in the Laney lobby area or watch their children play from bleachers inside the Wayne Evans gymnasium. Free snacks of popcorn and bottled water will be provided in the lobby as well during the game time.

At 5 p.m., the Pioneer Volleyball team will take the floor of Hutcherson Center for their home opener against Texas Wesleyan. Admission to the game will be free for Palooza guests, and free hot dogs will be served at the door of the Hutch beginning around 4:30 for game attendees. All Palooza guests, as well as the community in general, are encouraged to come out and cheer on the volleyball team in their first home appearance of the 2009 season.