Ponies return to the fold

Students enter the gym and Stillwater Area High School during a homecoming pep fest Friday. Homecoming festivities last weekend were well-attended. (Photo by Avery Cropp)

Overall a successful homecoming week was had by all in Pony Nation last week.
The student pep fest was well attended with competitions that included: the crowning of the rock, paper, scissors champion; a relay race between Pony center groups; homecoming court introductions; and crowning of the winners.

Homecoming court nominees included queen candidates Emma Abrahamson, Emma Holmes, Lucy Rosenmeier, Claire Stiff and Sadie Thole, while king candidates included Nick Alm, Brady Anderson, Nick Brevitz, Alex Jurcoi and Jared Morningstar.

An appearance at the pep fest by the senior homecoming royalty, Queen Loretto VanGrasstek accompanied by her husband Skye and King Earl Coleman prefaced the high school homecoming king and queen announcement of Brevitz and Thole while Morningstar and Abrahamson were named prince and princess.

The fun kept rolling Friday evening with a pre-game tailgate party hosted by the Ponies Touchdown Club where residents like Alix Bertz and  Ruby Suro could pet Cowboy Jeff’s horse Reba About 200 people participated in the pre-game tailgating event taking part in games, eating dinner and listening to professional band Five Man Advantage and the high school Battle of the Bands winner Crimson Horizon.

Though the weather may have kept people away 5,300 people attended the game and $3,258.43 was collected and will be donated to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community fund as part of the tackle cancer event that tied into the game. The evening ended in a 32 to 20 loss to Roseville.

Despite the loss, more than 30 community businesses participated in Paint the Town Red. While Saturday and Sunday featured some community events including a community pancake breakfast benefiting the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, and a lullaby concert on Sunday afternoon.

The breakfast served 253 people, raising more than $1,000 for the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund while the lullaby concert had 225 attendees, 100 musicians and a large amount of food brought in for the food shelf in addition to $175 in donations.

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