The Oklahoma Christian University Student Life department is hosting Fall Fest, a new event for all students on campus.
Fall Fest is organized by multiple organizations across, campus including Student Leadership, Counseling, Spiritual Life, the Black Student Union and Freshman Experience, all of which make up the Student Life department.
The festival is an all-day event taking place on Friday, Oct. 30, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will feature games, food, competitions, an ice skating rink, a concert, a student marketplace and more, all set up outdoors across campus.
“We all got together and wanted to do something fun for students, put on by the faculty and staff,” Student Leadership Coordinator Katie Martinez said. “With the tough semester, this is meant to be fun and a celebration of sorts.”
Junior Cole Lee said he was surprised by the event.
“I didn’t know what to think at first, but after I saw the flyers and competitions, I got excited,” Lee said. “I think it’s really cool what the faculty are doing for us by putting this together.”
Fall Fest will include over 20 attractions, games and activities throughout the entire day.
The BSU has organized a concert for the Fall Fest, kicking off at 8 p.m. Singer/songwriter Antoine Bradford and former Prince saxophonist Keith Anderson will be the main act in the Forum outside the Williams-Branch Center for Biblical Studies.
An ice skating rink will be present in the Payne Athletic Center parking lot. Oklahoma Christian alumni Dmitri Logoutine and Ice Challenge Enterprises will supply the outdoor ice skating rink. According to Katie Martinez and Sonya Young, the rink will be available for multiple days.
The student marketplace, commonly offered at the annual Lighting of the Commons, will be offered in the circle drive outside of the student center. It will include over 20 student vendors.
Competitions include a home run derby, three-on-three basketball tournament, corn hole tournament, eating competition, mechanical bull and more across campus in various locations. Sign-ups for these events began on Oct. 15 and will run until Tuesday, Oct. 27. Students need to sign up to participate in the home run derby, basketball and cornhole tournaments, H.O.R.S.E competition, mechanical bull and baking competition. Sign-ups are located on the table outside the Student Life office.
Lee said these competitions are what he, along with many other students, are most looking forward to.
“I’m excited to compete with my friends against other people around the school,” Lee said.
Other attractions include a food court, carnival games, petting zoo, miniature golf and competition corner where students will have the chance to challenge faculty in various games. Festival coordinators confirmed that a map will be available with the locations of all the attractions as the event draws closer.
Martinez is ready for the new event to come together.
“I’m really excited about it,” Martinez said. “I think students will really enjoy it.”