Fall is a favorite season for many students of the Drake student body. In September, we see piles of leaves and Instagram posts of apple orchard adventures. In October, we start to see spooky decorations and miniature pumpkins starting to fill the dorm halls, and come November Facebook is filled to the brim with invites to Friendsgiving events. So, as the leaves turn brown and coffee shop menus begin to exclusively feature pumpkin themed beverages, it is no secret that fall is coming. The Student Action Board (SAB) helped welcome fall to Drake’s campus this past Friday with their Fall Festival Event.
From 4-6 p.m. this past Friday, Helmick Commons featured giant inflatable slides, different on-campus groups painting windows, live music and the ever welcoming smell of corn dogs. Fall Festival is an event that Drake does as an alternative to homecoming weekend. The event’s mission is to bring fun and school spirit into the Drake community to kick off the fall semester. The event had dozens of students walking around the festival enjoying free food and fall festivities.
Sarah-Rose Ballard, SAB’s Spirit Co Chair, was excited about the festival.
“I loved the fact that we were able to bring different kinds of inflatables than we have in the past and that so many students loved them,” Ballard said. “I also loved the window painting because it is so cool to see the different organizations on the windows of a central building on campus, and to see so many students having fun.”
The Fall Festival was a way to get much of the student body excited for fall and the fall semester. If you missed the festival, you can still check out the window art on Meredith that different on-campus organizations created.
Mark Elliot, a junior at Drake, had a lot of fun with the inflatables at the festival.
“My friend Sam and I decided to race on a few of the obstacle courses and I loved how I beat him everytime,” Elliot said.
There can be a kind of melancholy that fills the air when the leaves start to fall, homework starts to stack up and the temperatures start to drop, but having a positive spirit, a little bit of food and a little bit of fun, the Fall Fest was a great way to welcome everybody’s favorite season.
If you went to the Fall Festival and thought planning or helping out with an on-campus event like this was something you would be interested in, the Student Activities Board (SAB) currently has their general committee application out. SAB advocates that it’s a great way to get involved on Drake’s campus and to meet great new people outside of your major.