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Brockport's annual fall festival brings students together

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 08:00 pm
Brockport Student Goverment hosted its annual Brocktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 19. The festival featured yard games and tables with activities. The games included giant inflatable corn hole and a football throw.
Brockport Student Goverment hosted its annual Brocktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 19. The festival featured yard games and tables with activities. The games included giant inflatable corn hole and a football throw.

The College at Brockport hosted its annual Brocktoberfest on the Alumni Lawn on October 19. Students on campus were given the opportunity to enjoy their Saturday afternoon with friends along with fall themed food and an abundance of games.

Brockport Student Government (BSG) was responsible for putting on the event, with help from a few vendors. LaPetit rolled in with its food truck, selling out of some items only a half an hour into the event. Zuper Events provided blow-up games like giant corn hole, basketball, log slammer, axe throwing and archery. Herbal Stables made an appearance, adding to the fall aesthetic with horses and a hay wagon. 

“What we have is kind of like a fall festival,” said BSG Activities Director Sarah Martelle. “We have a bunch of fall-themed food, a hay ride which is pulled by horses. We have some inflatable games, there’s axe throwing, archery: it’s just a fall theme.” 

Martelle was in charge of pulling the event together, along with the help of her staff of 10 event coordinators. Planning for Brocktoberfest started back in July, showing how much work and dedication goes into just one three-hour event. Martelle and her staff were eager for the event, expecting a great turn out and a day full of fun and excitement.

“I think it should be a great turnout,” Martelle said. “It’s a very beautiful day so a lot of people are out anyway, it should be great.”   

Brocktoberfest overtime has seen some growth, moving back outside after spending last year in the Seymour Student Union. More food has been added to the menu, along with a few more activities for students to participate in. 

This year students were greeted at the entrance with complimentary BSG mugs and t-shirts, then found themselves surrounded by the blow-up games. Lastly, students made their way to the food station, where they could indulge in a variety of different treats. Caramel apples, soft pretzels, chili, pickles on a stick, pierogies, muffins and cinnamon rolls made for a tasty selection. 

Many students on campus see Brocktober Fest as a place to mingle while enjoying refreshments and games. Junior Owen Noe has been attending Brocktoberfest since his freshman year and looks forward to the event every time it comes around.

“It’s something fun to do with my friends the food is good,” Noe said. “It’s fun to get free stuff, I also have a friend that works for BSG so I came to support her, it’s a Brockport tradition.” 

Despite the changes that have been made to the event, like moving locations and adding more depth, Noe believes the event has the same atmosphere, serving the same purpose as past Brocktoberfests.

“It mostly feels the same to be honest.” Noe said “it feels like a staple to me.”

Noe backs the event, encouraging anyone who may have never attended to give it a try and see what Brocktoberfest has to offer.

“They will probably see a lot of people they know, lots of food, lots of games, Noe said. “It is worth going to.” 

Sophomore Hailey Bader agrees with Noe’s opinion of Brocktoberfest. She believes any student on campus can benefit from attending the event, listing all the positives that come with the event.

“There’s free stuff, you get to hang out with your friends, it’s outside, it’s fun,” Bader said “Last year it was inside because it was raining, but this year there are horses and dogs which is a plus.” 

Now that fall is in full swing, Brocktoberfest gave students the opportunity to participate in fall festivities if they are unable to venture off campus. 

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