Saturday Sept. 22 featured the 4th annual Student Government Association (SGA) Fall Festival. The event is designed to welcome students back to campus as part of a new semester by bringing everyone together to experience part of what makes the community at Grove City College so special.
This year, the event was held on the Quad, a departure from lower campus, which is where it has been held in the past. The event featured 47 group organization sponsored carnival-style booths with a carnival style game to go along with it. These booths handed out tickets to participants to put towards redeeming prizes, which were solicited from businesses in the surrounding Grove City area. Prizes included gift cards to Collage Coffee, a local coffee shop in town, Dairy Queen coupons, pumpkin carving kits, and much more.
The event also featured inflatable games, such as an obstacle course, jousting arena, baseball throw, wrecking ball arena, etc. Finally, the event also had a petting zoo with exotic animals such as a zebra, camel, and alpaca, along with goats, cows, and pigs. The petting zoo is easily a crowd favorite each year, with the zebra and camel being the main attractions.
Grove City experienced its first fall day for the event, reinforcing the entire fall theme. A photo booth with supplies donated from Seivers Farm added the perfect setting for a quality Instagram photo on everyone’s feed.
An estimated 1,500 students packed the Quad to enjoy the festivities and celebrate a new semester at the College while enjoying the company of their fellow peers for an afternoon. While the event is a tremendous undertaking by SGA members, which requires a full day’s worth of setup and several hours of tear down, the results are tangible by witnessing firsthand the smiles on everyone’s faces that come out to the event, along with seeing professors bringing their families along to enjoy the festivities, too.