With the arrival of the much-anticipated Fall Fest, Oct. 3-6, comes some new traditions this year to accompany the old. Various events from years past have also been taken off this year’s Fall Fest schedule.
Kicking off the weekend is “A Taste of Newton,” Thursday from 6-9 p.m. downtown. Local businesses and groups will serve a wide variety of food.
“I like Taste of Newton because I get to eat good food and see people from the community,” said Haleigh Kerr, sophomore from Newton.
Along with the food, there will be live music, dance performances, a tae kwon doe group and the Newton Azteca dancers.
Most of the events of the weekend take place on Saturday. The main event for the day is the launch of “A BC ABC book” sponsored by the Bethel College Women’s Association. The book consists of limericks for each letter of the alphabet. Contributing to the book are 17 Bethel alumni’s limericks and illustrations by 27 alumni. A special convocation will feature the book. A launch party will be held in Mojo’s from 5-7 p.m., and the book will be on sale all weekend with proceeds benefiting the college.
The first athletic event on Saturday is the Thresher volleyball team taking on Kansas Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. It is also the celebration of 40 years of Bethel’s volleyball program.
“KWU is a much larger team than us. They have significantly more players and many of which are taller and can hit harder than most of our team,” said Kara Hiebert, sophomore from Fresno, Calif. “However, what we lack in numbers and size, we make up for in heart and teamwork. When we all come together as a team we can overcome any challenge a team presents to us.”
To celebrate the anniversary, a reunion and reflection program open to the public will precede Saturday’s game at 1:45 p.m.
Also celebrating 40 years of Bethel volleyball will be the induction of Former Head Volleyball Coach and Athletic Director Diane Flickner into the Booster Club Hall of Fame at 7:00 p.m. in the Schultz Student Center. Flickner is being recognized for her many successful years of coaching Thresher volleyball.
The Thresher football team will also have an important game, as it will be Head Coach Marty Mathis’ first homecoming game at Bethel. The team plays the University of Saint Mary’s with kick-off at 7 p.m. Coming off a 0-10 finish last year, the football team earned their first win against Haskell Indian Nations University in August and hopes to continue improving to beat St. Mary’s.
Also taking place on Saturday is the Fall Fest play, “You Can’t Take it With You,” which is being performed by the theater department under the direction of John McCabe-Juhnke. There will also be numerous other events taking place during the long weekend including: Carol Long’s art reception, the Betty Zehr memorial garden dedication, children’s park, Southwest Dairy Farmer’s live milking demonstration, “A World of Art” presentation, a Works Progress Administration art exhibit at Kaufman Museum, alumni reunions, multiple booths by clubs and academic programs, “A history of the Bethel Bell” by Kaufman Museum, and events and live music in the entertainment tent including Woven, Open Road, Book of Jebb, Bethel College Jazz and Newton and McPherson High Schools jazz.
One change during this year’s Fall Fest is the food tents. Instead of the Bethel College Women’s Association’s food tent serving a German meal, there will be borscht, zwieback, New Year’s Eve cookies and verenike on sale between the Schultz Student Center and the Fine Arts Center. The food tent will be a Burger Booth this year instead.
Rounding out the weekend, the Bethel College Mennonite Church will be hosting a worship service. For more details and schedules visit www.bethelks.edu/fallfest.