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Updated: 05/01/2014 04:06:05PM

Athletic boosters planning major new fundraiser

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By BRIAN ACKLEY

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The group that supports athletic programs will be hosting a new fundraiser next month, one that officials of the Bulldog Boosters Inc., hope will grow into a major community event.

The first ever Bulldog Athletic Family Festival is set for Saturday, May 17 at the Gary Garrett Baseball Field and track and field complex at Frostproof High School, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are hoping over the years it will become a huge fundraiser to help us complete projects for our athletic program,” Booster Club president Rachel Pooley noted. “But the most important thing about this event is that it will give all the children of our community a chance to meet and interact with the athletes at Frostproof Middle Senior High School.”

That’s because student athletes will be very involved in running the festival, said the club’s president.

“This event will have activities, races, contests, food but the big deal is that all the sports stations will be run by the Bulldog athletes and most of the sports stations will be relevant to the sport they play,” she said.

This year’s festival emerged through the efforts of many in the group and in the sports programs, she said.

“I have been blessed over the past two years to work directly with this Bulldog Booster Executive Board and all the Frostproof coaches. It is incredible how supportive and open our booster board and coaches are to new ideas,” she noted. “We work hard all year together to make this athletic program a success and we share many good times along the way too.”

The hope, too, Pooley indicated is to get area youngsters interested in becoming student athletes at the middle and high school levels.

“This festival will have a unique aspect in that our Bulldog athletes and coaches will get to meet the community and make a connection. They will be able to thank the community for their years of support while getting our Frostproof youth excited about coming to Frostproof Middle Senior High School,” she said.

Other events planned include:

• The Great Cookie Showdown, directed by the award-winning teacher Amy Freeze. Entry forms are available in the office of Frostproof Middle Senior High School and some surrounding businesses in the community. Enter your best recipe for homemade cookies and let our experienced panel of judges decide if you’re the winner.

• St. Louis Style Rib Cook-Off, directed by Vince Garrett. Entry forms are available in the office of Frostproof Middle Senior High School and some surrounding businesses in our community. Come the morning of the festival and cook your best St. Louis Style Rib Recipe. See if your ribs are the best in town.

• The Fastest Kid in Frostproof. During the festival, there will be six races — kindergarten through fifth grade to see in every grade level who is the “Fastest Kid in Frostproof.” No advance entry required. Races will begin at 11:30 a.m.

• Concessions. There will be cash only concessions available throughout the day with great food to snack on.

Tickets for the sports stations will be sold at Frostproof Elementary and Ben Hill Elementary starting Monday, May 5th directly in front of the schools before school begins. A schedule of ticket sales will be found in student backpacks.

Tickets will be sold at Babson Park Elementary by Lisa Portwood in her classroom before and after school.

Tickets will also be available in the front office of Frostproof Middle Senior High School and at the Frostproof Little League Games starting Monday. A final chance to buy advance tickets will be at the Red and White Game at Faris Brannen Stadium on Friday night, May 16.

Advance tickets in these locations will be five for $1. Tickets bought the day of the festival will be four for $1. All sports stations will be one or two tickets, Pooley said.

“We would like to invite everyone in the community to come out to the Red and White Game on Friday, May 16 and follow up that support by enjoying some time at the Frostproof Bulldog Family Festival the following day,” Pooley urged. “Make it a Bulldog weekend for your whole family.”

For more information about the festival, contact Pooley at 2pooleys@msn.com or 863-632-0139.


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