Fall foliage, apple cider donuts, corn mazes, make your own zen gardens, lines of students outside food trucks, and smiles among the Sacred Heart University community make up some of the scenes of Fall Fest 2021.
On Oct. 2, Sacred Heart’s Student Events Team (SET) welcomed the fall season by hosting their annual Fall Fest event from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on 63’s lawn.
“The planning for this event began this past summer. From picking a theme, finding novelties students would enjoy, figuring out an advertising plan, and reserving space and supplies, plans changed every day,” said junior Jenn Larson, SET Special Events Chair.
Fall Fest offered many activities for students to partake in. There was a “MYO” (Make Your Own) station where students were able to customize their own zen gardens, lucky bamboo and tea bags. Students could also play carnival games and challenge themselves by escaping a corn maze.
Since the event was outside, masks were not required, and students did not have to sign up before attending.
“I am enjoying the event so far. It’s so nice to have it in person with no masks, no capacity, or time limits. It’s just nice to see everyone outside having a good time,” said Larson. “I’m really excited for the corn maze; it’s been a while since we had that on campus.”
While there are many activities at Fall Fest, there are also many foods to indulge in.
“We have two food trucks. One of them is The Whey Station, which is grilled cheese with bacon, plain or tomato. Chartwells food truck is doing corndogs, pretzels, apple cider and apple donuts,” said senior Jenna Karpowich, SET President.
SET holds multiple events a week, and their efforts do not go unnoticed by students.
“I love how Sacred Heart tries so hard to make the students happy, and they have so much cute stuff with the inflatable corn maze and the apple cider,” said junior Audrey Dimella.
Many students look forward to this event year after year, including senior and SET Public Affairs Chair Dayna Pendino.
“I am most excited for the Lucky Bamboo event. Every year since freshman year I got a Lucky Bamboo, and it is by far one of my favorite events on campus,” said Pendino.
On the other hand, for some students, this was their first Fall Fest.
“I’ve never been to Fall Fest before. Everyone has always talked about it the last two years I have been here, and how much they loved it,” said junior Calista Zahosy. “My favorite part is the corn maze. I have tried the food too, and it is super good. It definitely lived up to my expectations.”
Although Fall Fest 2021 has come to an end, SET is always offering free activities and events for students to partake in. If you are interested in any of these events, make sure to follow their Instagram (@SHU_set), or send them an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.