For students who need a chance to relax and de-stress after the chaos of midterms, the Student and Community Engagement department presents Harvest Fest on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Building 8 Gym.
The event is a long-standing and enjoyed tradition at Sinclair, remaining one of the most attended events of the year.
“Harvest Fest is a tradition at Sinclair and archival records indicate that the event has historical significance dating back to before the current location of the Dayton Campus was built,” Tristan Chaput, Coordinator of Student Engagement, said.
All hands will be on deck this year, with several academic departments, as well as student clubs and organizations joining in on the fun.
The departments attending include Student and Community Engagement, Student Senate, Brite Signal Alliance, Sinclair Library, Multifaith Campus Ministry, Psychology Club, Career Communities, Appalachian Outreach, Counseling Services, Accessibility Services, Sinclair Library, Sinclair Bookstore and others that will provide information about their respective groups and provide games and activities. For example, the Art Club will demonstrate their skills with free face painting.
“The goal of the event is to provide a fun, engaging activity for students as we head towards the final few weeks of the semester,” Chaput said. “It is a great opportunity for students to participate in a lot of different games and get to know one another outside of the classroom! I think we have something for everyone this year and really hope to see a lot of people participating.”
There will be plenty of spooky activities and food to celebrate All Hallows Eve, such as a pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by Aramark, spider web cotton candy, carnival games, cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider and popcorn.
The Clarion will also be present, and will be holding the annual Halloween Costume Contest. Those that show up to the event in costume can enter for a chance to have their name, a few brief words and a photo featured in a future edition of the paper and on Clarion social media.
The pièce de résistance is a 35×35 inflatable corn maze that attendants can brave their way through after signing a waiver. Workers from the Tutoring and Learning Center will be dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz” while guiding wanderers on their way.
“Participating in events, such as Harvest Fest, is a great way to meet some of the people who are here to support you throughout your time at Sinclair and just have fun in between classes,” Chaput said. “We hope to see you there!”