STILLWATER — Over the years, Stillwater High School cheer coach Carolyn Walstad has made great strides to make sure that the Pioneer Playday brings something fresh to the table every year.
Now in its 22nd year, Walstad is hoping the latest addition to the playday gets off on the right foot — literally — Friday at the Stillwater Country Club.
“We’ve added two new events to make it more than just a golf tournament,” Walstad said. “We’re having a Pioneer fun run that starts with registration at 6:45 a.m. Friday and the fun run at 7 a.m. ... We’ve also added a Pioneer style show, with clothes from Wooden Nickel, (Chris’) University Spirit, DuPree, Downtown Marketplace and the pro shop out at the country club. My cheers and poms will be modeling some clothes to wear to the fall for athletic events and those that attend the fashion show will get a 20 percent discount from those businesses.”
Whether it’s trotting through the first nine holes of the Stillwater Country Club’s golf course or watching the cheer and pom squads show off the latest fashions on the catwalk, Walstad said the ideas for the newest marquee features for the playday came out of necessity — and a desire to get more people to come out and support Pioneer athletics.
“We’re trying to bring a different clientele out to the club, which has been remodeled and looks fabulous,” Walstad said. “Hopefully, we’ll get more interest in the silent auction, as well. We’re really excited. It’s really hard to keep beating our totals because each year our totals are just so astonishing. The Stillwater community and businesses are just so supportive of us, it’s just really great.”
Stillwater has always been supportive of the golf tournament and — to a large degree — the silent auction. But a fun run and fashion show? Just the idea of it still keeps Walstad awake at night.