Traditional Community Fun Festivities


Ainsley finishes her live performance at the Quad. PN Photo/Anayah L. Peterson

By Anayah L. Peterson, Managing Editor

The Festival at Old Main is an annual event that allows students and the community to come together for fun, free food and live entertainment at the Quad Lawn by Old Main and Livermore Library. 

The event originated in 1990 as Family Day. To encourage student participation and family engagement. This is a 30 year tradition of connecting the community and university.

The festival is hosted by the Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership. There were several live performances including Ainsley, Robert Williams, and Kelontae Gavin.

Everyone was able to get a free shirt at the check in station. Those who wanted food were able to go through three different food stations. 

Everyone could take pictures at the photo booth and design customized street signs for free.

Balloons made into different types of animals and objects could be made by Twist the Ballonman. Cornhole, inflatable slides and other activities like a bouncy house were out for all ages to use.

“The first place I went to was the balloon guy. I wanted to get the balloon,” George said. 

Caitlyn George, junior, went to the event with her friend Aliah Figgs, senior. They enjoyed listening to Ainsley, one of the performances for the afternoon. 

Students and community members were able to check in at the tent to receive their green band. It allowed them to grab several of the food options such as: walking tacos, chicken and waffles, candy and homemade ice cream.

Jaliah Singleton, senior, enjoyed the event as a great social experience. She also enjoyed the musicians that performed at the event. 

“The inflatables were really fun. My favorite part was being able to customize something and the food of course,” Singleton said.

The event remained free for staff, students, their families and the community. 

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