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Second Annual Stampede Meet and Greet Scores Big
Assistant Varsity Coach, Amanda Brasil displayed her talents over the weekend as she manned the face-painting booth at the Meet and Greet. Pictured is peewee cheerleader Olivia Johnson getting some custom art. ALL PHOTOS BY KIM VAN METER/THE LEADER

Families, coaches, players and cheerleaders gathered at Kerr Park this past weekend for the second annual Stampede Meet and Greet. Nearly 150 people braved the triple digit weather but were cooled off by sno-cones and other treats that were offered at the event.

Those in attendance enjoyed refreshing drinks, and a wonderful spread to eat that featured barbeque hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken kabobs and more. Along with food and drinks, the Stampede families were treated to many activities during the four-hour get together. In the second year the meet and greet provided a bounce house for the younger kids, a corn hole tournament and a raffle.

The town came together to donate and prepare the prizes that included a Raley’s gift basket, a corn hole set, cheerleader and beach tote, four-pack of season tickets to Stampede football, tri-tip dinners and more. New merchandise was also available for sale and will be on sale at all home games. This Thursday night you can get your new Stampede Football and Cheerleading merchandise at the Oakdale High School following their meeting at 6 p.m. Practice for the Stampede begins on Monday, July 31 and will host this year’s CenCal Round Robin inside the newly renovated Corral at Oakdale High School on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The Stampede season officially kicks off Saturday, Aug. 26 when Oakdale travels to Manteca to take on the Buffalos. Oakdale’s home opener will be Saturday, Sept. 9 when the Pride of Turlock comes to town.