Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Spirit shows with ‘Wildcats on the Prowl’

August 16, 2007

Baldwin City residents, business owners and alumni will have an opportunity to unleash their Wildcat spirit and creativity the next couple of months with Wildcats on the Prowl, part of Baker's 150th celebration.

Wildcats on the Prowl kits, which include a three-piece plywood form, are available at Baker's Alumni Office, Baldwin Athletic Club and Stephens Real Estate in Baldwin City. The easy-to-assemble 4-feet-by-3-feet Wildcat cutout can be painted, sculpted and decorated. Kits cost $30 apiece.

"The ones that I have seen completed look so creative," said Cindy Williamson, a community volunteer and the contact for people to register for kits. "The businesses are designing wildcats that represent their work."

Baker plans to post images of the finished Wildcats on its 150th Web site at When participants complete their Wildcats, they are urged to contact Williamson at 594-37-9 or at cwilliamson to arrange a time for a photo to be taken.

Wildcats on the Prowl participants are eligible to enter a contest to be held during the Maple Leaf Festival in October. The Wildcats must be dropped off at Mabee Gym between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 19, the day before the Maple Leaf Parade. All Wildcats will be on display in a corral near Baker's 150th celebration tent, and the winners will appear in the Maple Leaf Parade.

"We have judges lined up for the contest," Williamson said. "We'll provide security at the corral so the wildcats don't walk off by themselves."

Prizes will be awarded for best of show, best personality (depicting personality of the sponsoring organization), most school spirit, best sense of humor, funniest Wildcat, most ferocious, most creative and most sesquicentennial spirit.

Kits for a desk-sized Wildcat also are available in the Alumni Office. The cost is $15. For more information, contact Debbie Papps at 594-4594 or at

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