During the summer, the Stampede take the time to get out and about and the travels of AAA Rumble are no exception. Last year, AAA Rumble visited community gatherings like Eagle Fun Days and Meridian Dairy Days, moved his body in a bike race (AND DANCE CONTEST!) and cheered on local youth as they ran down the middle of downtown Boise. Check out our pictures below to follow AAA Rumble and the rest of the Stampede family, especially on Twitter and Facebook. If you'd like to get involved with the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation or would love to invite AAA Rumble to YOUR event, call the Stampede offices at 208-388-4667!
The Idaho Stampede Spirit Dance Team went to Zoo Boise for the Run Wild program, in which area children ran throughout the zoo, past hyenas, leopards and bobcats, finishing with a medal around their neck from three members of the dance team! Erin, Jessica K. and Kristyn each gave area children medals and then proceeded to teach the kids the importance of stretching after their strenuous run.
AAA Rumble, Dance Team to Appear at Memorial Stadium
Come to Memorial Stadium in Boise on Friday, May 11 for the Boise Hawks' ninth-annual FanFest Celebration. The Idaho Stampede will host an interactive kiosk for sports fans of all ages! Come by anytime after 5 p.m. and shoot to win on the team's one-of-a-kind pop-a-shot game! The more shots you make, the better chance you have to win a special prize! Also, pick up literature about the Stampede's 15th anniversary team for 2012-13 - ask our friendly front office staff questions and find out more information about seeing the team play at CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise. Say 'hey' to our Stampede Spirit Dance Team and get a picture and autograph from our wily mascot AAA Rumble before checking out the Hawks game. We hope to see you there!
Rumble assisted children and their families as all participants got organized for the run, which was for kids between ages 6-14. After all the runners were lined up and ready, Rumble helped lead a stretch for the kids. But when it came to the race, AAA Rumble mysteriously developed a strained pinkie and cheered on the sidelines. Those kids took up the whole width of Capitol Boulevard - the youth of Boise has never been in such good shape! Maybe next time AAA Rumble will get out and run himself!
AAA Rumble again attended an event full of excited kids and parents in a local community. Eagle, home to its own "Fun Days," weekend event, saw AAA Rumble as he tasted the various faire and cheered kids on as they rode in the Bike Night. Kids, and adults alike, rode throughout downtown Eagle on decorated - and sometimes NOISY! - bicycles. Awards were given to the best decorated bikes; there were a lot of great choices to pick from!
Face of the Stampede Visits Thousands of His Closest Friends
AAA Rumble joined up with AAA of Idaho on a parade unlike any other during Meridian Dairy Days. For the parade, which went through downtown Meridian and saw tens of thousands of visitors, locals and fans, AAA Rumble waved from the AAA float, distributed AAA coloring books and information, and gave high-fives to thousands of friends and fans! AAA Rumble was glad to see all of his closest friends celebrating the history of Meridian as a dairy-producing community.
Dance contest with other local celebs proves fruitless during Dairy Days
In the most defeated moment in his life, AAA Rumble did not win the Impact Radio mascot dance-off, one of the key Meridian Dairy Days events. His moves were breathtaking and his style unmatched, but AAA Rumble fell short of another local award. The Stampede mascot was beloved by fans of the event and had a few heart-stopping moments, but it wasn't enough in the end.
"I'm sad I didn't win," AAA Rumble said afterward. "But I'll be back and with more moves and more motivation!"
AAA Rumble helps design bikes, takes a victory lap
AAA Bike Decorating Contest Draws Largest Crowd Ever
AAA of Idaho held a bike decorating contest for kids of all ages. AAA Rumble joined in the party, helping apply tassels and sparkles to the bikes of participants on Day 2 of the Meridian Dairy Days. The kids then raced their bikes around the Meridian Speedway - quite a bit different from your normal Meridian street - and were given prizes in a raffle. After the younger kids went, AAA Rumble tested out a bike with his own riding skills, showing kids that even with paws and thick fur, you too can enjoy a leisurely Saturday afternoon bike ride. AAA Rumble's time for one lap was not recorded because no one had an hour-glass.
Liv helps out at first practice for Special Olympics
Idaho Stampede Head Coach Randy Livingston attended the first practice of YMCA Special Olympics basketball. Coach Livingston helped Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett run practice, showing the participants different dribbling, shooting and defense drills. These are the same drills coach uses every day at Stampede practice! "Working with these guys and gals was tremendous," Livingston said. "They've got just as much drive and desire as players I've coached or played with anywhere!"