AHS Athletic Dept., Badger All-Sports Booster Club to Host BadgerFest & Meet the Badgers Friday
Chris Babb

The Arkadelphia High School Athletic Department and the Badger All-Sports Booster club will host the annual BadgerFest and "Meet the Badgers at AllCare Field at Badger Stadium" events Friday night, August 22, at Arkadelphia High School.

BadgerFest, presented by the Badger All-Sports Booster Club, will be from 5:30-6:30 in the Arkadelphia High School parking lot. Meet the Badgers, a time for Badger and Lady Badger fans to see introductions of some of the Badger and Lady Badger athletic teams and spirit squads will begin at 7:00 inside AllCare Field at Badger Stadium. Admission to Meet the Badgers will be $2 and gates will be open at 6:00. Once fans enter AllCare Field at Badger Stadium, they will not be able to leave and return to BadgerFest.

Arkadelphia Athletic Director Chris Babb encourages fans to come out to the unofficial kickoff to the 2014-15 sports season.

“We have had teams practicing for a several weeks and our golf and volleyball teams have started competition, but BadgerFest and Meet the Badgers is our unofficial signal the beginning of the sports year,” said Babb. “We have had great crowds in the past and we look forward to a great crowd Friday night.

BadgerFest will feature local businesses and APSD teams and groups hosting booths in a carnival-type set up with various fundraisers and ways to showcase their business or group. Scheduled to be on hand are bouncy houses and other activities for the kids including a dunking booth hosted by the AHS Cheerleaders, different sports-related booths hosted by AHS teams, giveaways from local businesses, a raffle for a $250 VISA gift card by the AHS Dazzlers, snow cones by the Goza Cheerleaders, Chicken Express Sweet tea with the Goza Jazzlers and Volleyball teams and more. Parents can purchase a wristband for their children to participate in the bouncy houses upon arrival.

The Badger Booster Club will be holding a membership drive for the 2014-15 school year for individuals and businesses to support the various APSD Athletic teams and/or spirit groups. Members can designate the majority of their gift to a particular sport of their choice with the rest going to the general Booster Club fund.

“We encourage individuals to join the Badger All-Sports Booster Club to support our students throughout the year,” said Babb. “Our teams directly benefit from your membership in the All-Sports Booster Club and we’re proud that members have the ability to support any of our almost 20 teams and spirit groups.”

Also available at a tent at BadgerFest will be 2014-15 APSD Season Passes. Adult All-Sports passes will be $100 and Student All-Sports passes will be available for $80. Individual sport season passes for fall sports will also be available. Football passes will be available for $30 (students and adults) which will be good for junior high and senior high games and volleyball season passes (again for junior and senior high) will be available for $30 (students and adults.)

The annual BadgerFest event will be inside AllCare Field at Badger Stadium beginning at 7:00 with the AHS JROTC Color Guard and Badger Pride Marching Band kicking things off with the National Anthem. Scheduled to be introduced Friday night are:

Goza cheerleaders
Goza Jazzlers
8th grade volleyball
9th grade volleyball
8th grade football
9th grade football
AHS Volleyball
AHS Golf
AHS Tennis
AHS Cross Country
AHS Swimming/Diving
Dazzlers
AHS Cheer
AHS Band
AHS Football