The Youth Shelter Supply, St. Cloud’s local skate and snow shop, hosted their second ‘Campus Cruise’ on Wednesday.
Starting at 5 p.m., participants met at the Youth Shelter Supply, 305 5th Ave. S., to get a map leading to the locations of prizes.
Local skateboarders helped co-owners, Mike Thienes and Mike Pettit, hide tickets around the SCSU campus. Descriptions of prizes were written on the tickets, and once the tickets were found and brought back, winners were rewarded with free merchandise from the shop. With over 30 prizes, participants had their chance to find merchandise including headphones, t-shirts, jackets, shoes and more.
Participants met at the shop around 5 p.m. Maps were handed out, and almost like a starting line; participants took off to seek out prizes.
Thienes said it takes about an hour for all of the prizes to be claimed. Around 6 p.m., after participants started bringing their tickets back, they were welcomed to a barbeque near the Coborn Plaza Apartments for hot dogs and refreshments, and mini-contests for more chances at prizes.
“We do tons of skateboard and snowboard events each year, but this one is different,” Thienes said. “Instead of having a serious skateboard contest, this is something anyone can do.”
“It’s not a contest. [It’s] more mellow, just kind of like hanging out,” Mike Pettit said.
“We just want to make sure everybody has fun,” Thienes said. Now that the Youth Shelter Supply is a part of the campus, Thienes said that it helps to bridge the gap between the SCSU community, and the St. Cloud community. “It’s a good way to bring people together,” he said.
Thienes said they did run into some problems with their first ‘Campus Cruise,’ though. Last year, Outdoor Endeavors hosted the event. Thienes said some participants had a hard time finding the location. Along with finding the right location, he said getting more students involved seemed challenging.
It’s hard to describe this [event] on a flier,” Pettit said. He said the first time they hosted the ‘Campus Cruise,’ it might have looked more like a contest, rather than a social event.
Even though they’ve ran into a few rough patches, the Youth Shelter Supply plans to do the ‘Campus Cruise’ every spring and fall, and that they intend to have more campus-based events.
“You don’t necessarily have to be a skateboarder to be involved, but skateboarders might be quicker,” Thienes said.
The first participants rolled into the barbeque around 5:30 p.m., with more following until about 6 p.m. when just over 20 participants came together to claim their prizes and enjoy the barbeque.
However, due to the overcast sky and rainy conditions, around 6:30 p.m. the shop decided to cut the event short and skip the mini-contests.
With just over 20 participants, the second ‘Campus Cruise’ fell short of the co-owners’ expected 30- to 40-person turnout like last year, but Thienes said the turnout was good all the same, and they had fun.
This article originally appeared in the University Chronicle on November 2, 2014.