By Rosie Alger
Elm Staff Writer
Flying pumpkins, a pie eating contest, and an improv comedy show had people laughing and enjoying their way through this year’s Fall Festival, held by Residential Life on Nov. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event was held on the Campus Green and featured tables with activities from a wide variety of clubs, including the Math Club, the Scarlet Thread, and Best Buddies. There was also a performance by Sho’Troupe and a Mixed Martial Arts demonstration.
Residential Life also had events going throughout the afternoon with a pumpkin smashing game called “Pumpkin Chunkin,” a contest to see who could eat half a pie in the shortest amount of time, and a relay in which the participants had to quickly dress as a scarecrow. “We also have corn hole set up and a darts game,” said senior and Residential Area Director Kelley Holocker.
Holocker was in charge of planning the event and explained how she wanted to make this year’s festival different from past experiences. “I went to Fall Fest my sophomore year. It wasn’t very big and not many people came… I wanted it to be bigger and have more involvement with the students and faculty,” she said. “This year, we incorporated multiple events that took place throughout the event so no one was bored the whole time. There was always something to do and see.”
Holocker planned the event with a large group of RAs and has been working on it since the beginning of the semester. “Planning has been interesting to say the least. At first it was tough to get clubs excited and interested in participating, but then it worked out in the end,” Holocker said.
Students who attended seemed to see the difference in the quality of the event compared to past years. Sophomore Tori Venable said, “It’s never been this successful. There was a much better turnout this year. There weren’t as many games or planned events before.”
Sophomore Anna Zastrow agreed that the day was entertaining. She said, “There was good food, a lot of fun activities, and a great improv show.”
Zastrow was not the only one to comment on the food. The RAs provided popcorn, caramel apples, and cotton candy, and many other clubs had candy to give out or award as prizes.
Freshman Jordon Zotto said, “There’s definitely something here for everyone. I was really excited about the caramel apples.”
Clubs sold items or had small raffles or games related to their subject. Some were a fundraising project. Junior Timothée Fayard said, “I like the chemistry club’s homemade soap. I like people trying to make me get involved and try new things.”
Overall, the event seemed to be a success. People stayed longer instead of just passing through as many students had done in past years. There was definitely room for more campus and community organizations to join in next year since not all of the tables were filled. If your club or organization is interested in being a part of next year’s Fall Fest, contact Residential Life next fall. For now, students enjoyed what Fayard said was a “cocktail between fun and generosity.”