2016 Prairie Schooner Mates

Admiral Windwagon Smith doesn’t travel alone!  This year the Admiral will be accompanied by 24 Prairie Schoonermates.  Schoonermates are juniors from area high schools selected by their school principal to serve during Riverfest as a representative of their respective schools.  They will be present at Riverfest events, volunteer to help where needed and serve as goodwill ambassadors at their schools prior to Riverfest.

Following their selection, Schoonermates and their parents shared in an orientation session about the program and spent a day working on team-building activities at the Grizzly Adventure at Butler Community College.  They faced the challenges of an obstacle course and learned team work through a variety of activities - walking a tight rope 30-feet in the air and ziplining to the ground.   They finished the day by pairing up and climbing a 30 foot pole, to stand on an 18” platform with their partner.   Of course, each student was strapped in a harness for all these activities and supervised by trained staffers!  The experience built and secured trust and encouragement between them during each adventure. 

They’re ready for Riverfest!

Special thanks to Grizzly Adventures and Spot's Party Bus for their generous support of the Prairie Schooner Mates program.












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