By Megan Sando
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Outside of Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater lit up with laser lights at the annual Lights on Stillwater event that drew hundreds of students and residents Wednesday night.
Vendors from Stillwater and surrounding towns set up shop to display an assortment of products and free handouts. Admission was a can of food or a dollar.
Student Government Association President Jamie Tate said the event is a kickoff for the new school year.
“It’s a chance for new students to get their feet wet and see what OSU has to offer,” he said.
Tate said the event featured a record number of vendors and donations. Approximately 140 to 150 vendors registered. Donations helped to enhance vendor equipment and decorations. SGA is making investments in the freshman class and Lights on Stillwater is one way of doing that, he said.
Some popular campus vendors included the Greek Association and intramural sports. Local vendors included the city of Stillwater, Cooper’s Bicycles and the Sheerar Museum, which handed out free mustache whistles. Many churches in Stillwater, such as LifeChurch, were handing out information about their services.
National companies and organizations at the event included Old Navy, AT&T, U.S. Cellular, Summit Co. and Habitat for Humanity.
Hunter Owen of Laser, L.L.C provided the multi-colored laser beams with logos. Qdoba and Blue Spruce Sorbet handed out free food and there was live acoustic music.
“We bring local vendors to showcase what they have to offer to the community,” said Ridge Howell, who helped organize the event through SGA.
Cody Scott, Stillwater City Councilor and business owner of Valhalla, said Lights of Stillwater is what makes the city unique compared to other towns its size.
“It’s two things — a social function and a networking opportunity,” he said. “What Stillwater has to offer recreationally, religiously and socially is here today.”