By Julia Eckardt
Despite still-green leaves and warm air, Student Foundation is bringing fall to campus with its first Fall Festival event.
The festival is from 6 to 9 p.m. today in Burleson Quadrangle and will raise money for the foundation’s scholarship fund. The event is free.
Justin junior Amy Fiend, a member of Student Foundation, said the festival will feature fall-themed activities such as a costume contest, pumpkin painting, a baking contest and pumpkin bowling, in which competitors will knock down toilet paper rolls with mini pumpkins. The festival will also include a mechanical bull, and jousting and obstacle course moonwalks.
Dr Pepper, tea donated by Chick-fil-A, and other snacks will be provided free to an estimated 100 to 150 attendees, Fiend said.
“We just wanted it to be something fun where you could come hang out with your friends and enjoy the fall season,” Fiend said.
Anyone who wants to participate in the costume contest just needs to attend the event in costume. Attendees can cast votes for their favorite costumes by dropping spare change into cups contestants will hold throughout the festival. The contestant who earns the most money will receive a small prize.
Fiend said Student Foundation expects to raise about $30 but predicted the number will be much higher in years to come.
The baking contest will feature four teams of no more than five students. The entry fee was $5, and will go toward the Student Foundation scholarship fund.
A panel of five members in Student Foundation will decide the contest’s winner.
Waco senior Richard Varney said he will bake his grandmother’s oatmeal raisin cookies for the contest.
“It’s our first year doing this so word didn’t spread as quickly as we had hoped, but we are hoping this will be something that continues to grow,” Fiend said.