2018-05-10 / Front Page

Vendors invited to Raider Rally

By Timothy Mucciante

Tara McNamara from Century 21 enjoys spending time at the 2017 Raider Rally with student Cason Good. 
Photos provided Tara McNamara from Century 21 enjoys spending time at the 2017 Raider Rally with student Cason Good. Photos provided FLUSHING — August’s Raider Rally, where the summer cobwebs are cleared by an evening of fun, is looking for vendors to highlight their goods and services at this year’s rally.

The rally takes place on Aug. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Raider Field, behind Central Elementary. Rally organizers are encouraging vendors to apply early for a spot at this year’s rally.

The application deadline is July 20.

According the Flushing Community Schools website, the Raider Rally “is an opportunity for everyone in the community to gather together and celebrate the start of a new school year. The event will showcase the many opportunities within our district and our local businesses and non-profits will be participating as well.”

Brian McInerney, Flushing High School teacher. Brian McInerney, Flushing High School teacher. Some included events are Raider Made photo opportunity with uniformed raider athletes, free food, free back to school haircuts, dunk tank, giveaways of bookmarks, pencils, bubbles, Frisbees, massages, backpacks, stickers, beach balls, sunglasses, candy, snacks, wrist bands and books.

Of course, no Raider Rally would be complete without bounce houses, fire truck and ambulance exploration, kids’ games, face painting, hot air balloon and Raider gear.

Vendors from last year are effusive about their success. Debbie Upleger from Flushing’s RE/MAX Town & Country said, “We have been in the Raider Rally for the last two years, It was an overwhelming success, and had more people than ever expected.”

Upleger described last year’s participation.

“We had, also will again this year, a balloon walk, with the RE/MAX hot air balloon comes in and lays down on it’s side, at one point we had over 200 kids in the balloon, taking pictures and having a blast,” Upleger said. “We also had a “Spin the Wheel” for school supplies. Kids were lined up way back to the gates standing in line to spin the wheel. It’s a great community bonding right before school starts and is very well organized.”

“There are kids that would struggle to get school supplies and is a way to provide them and also have a blast doing it,” Upleger said.

Mary Smith from the Thomas Smith Foundation said her foundation also had a “line for our “Spin the Wheel” for school supplies most of the night.” She added, “I loved seeing all the students, big and small, at the event - what a great way to bring the community together. I think the biggest benefit for the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation was being able to continue the awareness program of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in students.”

Interested vendors may apply on the Flushing Community Schools website, by clicking on “Community” and then “Raider Rally.” The application links, available both in an online version and PDF, are at the bottom of the page. The application is free, and the rules for participating are on the application.

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