BVSD, Chamber team up for Pigskin, Crazy Days, Kidpreneur Saturday

By: 
Jamie Hult, Staff writer

A little Lynx fan is unsure about the furry mascot at last year’s Pigskin Classic. Jill Meier/Journal file photo

Jamie Hult
Staff writer
 
The first rays of light are just breaking in the sky when the line of blanket-bearing Lynx fans will form outside Brandon Valley High School Saturday morning. 
And if you’re not in the parking lot in the first hour of bleacher space sales, you may be sitting on the visitor’s side that night.
Saturday is Pigskin Classic, an 18-year tradition in Brandon. 
But reserving your stadium seating for Brandon Valley’s first home football game is just the beginning of the Booster-backed day.
From striding through the morning 5K and teaming up for 3-on-3 basketball to bouncing through cheer camp routines and inflatable houses, Pigskin Classic promises sporty fun for the whole family.
And if backing Brandon Valley athletics isn’t your thing, head inside to shop Pigskin Classic Crazy Days and Kidpreneur Market.
On Sept. 8, Pigskin and the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce are combining events for the first time. 
“It’s a really good thing,” said Jill Reindl, Booster Club president. “We’re bringing together two different styles to make a win-win for both.”
It’s also a win-win for locals who are regulars at one event but not the other, she said. 
Crazy Days will feature a variety of booths from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the high school commons and last year’s returning hit, the Kidpreneur Market, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
“A major advantage of moving the event to September is that it gives our retail vendors a place to unload their summer stock items, making this a great day to shop and get great deals,” said Kim Cerwick, CEO/president of the BVACC.
Pigskin Classic kicks off Friday with the Lynx soccer teams hosting Aberdeen Central, followed by a dodgeball tourney and middle school dance.
The activities pick up again at 7 a.m. Saturday with Booster blanket and membership sales and the 5K Fun Walk or Run and last into the evening with the Lynx football team’s first game on the new turf against Aberdeen Central. 
“It kind of gathers community together for a lot of different events,” said Randy Marso, BV activities director. “Pigskin revolves around the football game, but every athletic group (Booster reps, parents and athletes) works at least one area for the day to make it great for the entire group.”
Pigskin is also the Booster Club’s major fundraiser of the year, allowing the club to purchase wish list items like uniforms for club sports, offer scholarships to BV students, purchase state champion banners for the high school gym and more. 
The Boosters raise money through concessions, blanket sales and entry fees to activities throughout the day, including elementary and middle school dodgeball tournaments, Punt, Pass and Kick, a soccer challenge and inflatables.
“It’s a great way to see the different activities that the school sponsors, see the school and the Brandon community at work and to cheer on your community,” Reindl said. 
 For the schedule of events, see related ads in this issue or visit brandonvalleychamber.com. 

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