Vendors, volunteers team up for STP

Colorful booths will soon line Centralia College campus offering riders food and amenities. STP 2014 131Hosting the STP Midpoint is truly a community partnership.

Teaming with local businesses and organizations, Centralia College is able to offer amenities to riders that include bike repair by Performance Bike, bike storage by Centralia Police Department, and medical assistance and massage by Providence Centralia Hospital.

Food vendors will be selling a variety of meal options right on campus. Riders can buy pizza from the Beer Garden, Mexican food from Tacos El Rey, healthy options from The Quinoa King and spaghetti from St. Joseph School Parents’ Club. The college cafeteria will also be dishing up baked potatoes. In addition, the City of Centralia is offering free trolley rides to downtown Centralia where riders can take advantage of more dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

All afternoon and into the evening, riders can enjoy live music courtesy of Backlash, a local classic rock and roll band from Olympia. Others can put up their feet and watch the Tour de France, showing in both the cafeteria and Beer Garden.

“Riders enjoy the festivities while resting for the second 100 miles to Portland. Often the riders plan their weekend around ‘hanging out’ at the college on Saturday,” Vice President of Finance and Administration Steve Ward shares.

The STP midpoint is the biggest event hosted by the college with nearly 200 student and staff volunteers working around the campus and behind the scenes to make it a success.

Many of the volunteers come from our sports teams. These student athletes can be found all around campus directing traffic at street corners, manning registration tables and information booths, and checking in overnight guests. Other Centralia College staff volunteer behind the scenes to manage the finances and make sure things flow smoothly.

It takes an impressive amount of organization to pull off an event this size.

“Last year, the Association of College Conference and Event Director’s International (ACCED-I) presented Centralia College with the Outstanding Institutional  Achievement Award for its official mid-point celebration held each year for the STP.  This isn’t just an award for the college, but for the community. We couldn’t have the success we do without the help from the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Centralia, our police department, and dozens of other volunteers,” says Candy Lunke, event coordinator.

Thanks to Centralia College’s hard working volunteer team and the collaborative efforts of many in our community, this year’s STP participants will be treated to first class hospitality.

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