A papier mache donkey head. A Zorro costume. And a flatbed truck filled with hay bales and children wearing skeleton masks and alien heads. What was all this you may ask? Answer: the Mendocino Steam Donkey Rugby Club. On Saturday, October 19th, the rugby club participated the 20th annual PumpkinFest in Ukiah, CA., once again displaying their ties to the community and utilizing a great avenue for new recruitment.
Starting the morning off at the fairgrounds located on North State Street, several players from the Steam Donkeys and their wives and children decorated a flatbed truck in streamers and the club banner. As the parade began heading toward downtown Ukiah, players and their families—many of them already dressed up for Halloween—tossed out candy to several hundred onlookers. While children scurried from the curbs to retrieve the treats, a few Steam Donkeys took the opportunity to pass out flyers detailing practice times and contact information for the club to the adults watching the parade. The club isn’t shy when it comes to recruiting, and the PumpkinFest parade, with its crowd and its history in town, was the perfect place to display our connection to the community (and also a fun way to advertise).
Also our 2013 schedule is as follows. (Full schedule here.)
Practice every Tuesday and Thursday 5:30pm at Vinewood Park starting October 1st until October 29th. Practice will then start again under lights at 6:30 at the softball fields on November 5th and then every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of December.
Extra practice days and games are :
Game/ practice 1pm October 26th at our home field
Game is in San Fran November 2nd 1pm
Game/ practice November 16th at home 1pm
Game / practice December 14th
No practice days are:
Oct 31st Halloween
November 28th - Thanksgiving
Dec 24th 26th and 31st Christmas break.
Monthly rugby meeting
Saturday, September 28th, 4pm.
Erik has offered up his conference room at 390 Standley in Ukiah.
Park in the rear. Bring a drink and a friend.
We’ll enjoy brotherhood and keep figuring things out for a successful season.
We’ll also plan where to have our next meeting.