Autumn is a great time to appreciate the changing of the seasons, which typically includes things like eating good food, stomping on leaves, and partaking in fun fall activities.
On campus, the annual Fall Festival recently took place, giving students including freshman Kamran Perkins, one more sweet taste of a much beloved season.
“You only live once. You just want to have fun and have a good time with friends,” said Perkins.
Tables for fifteen different booths were set up in the Quad, and by the time the festival began at 3:30 p.m., their vendors were properly prepared.
Students quickly started trickling in at the welcome tent. Once they had scanned the QR Code and completed the sign-in steps on Peay Mobile, they were given a red wristband, a food ticket, and a paper for the drawing.
The draw included six possible prizes; five of which were baskets of various goodies, while the sixth prize was a JBL speaker. At 5:30, the following winners were announced: Cheyenne Turner, Brenna French, Sarah Less, Cassidy Mahar, Andrea Porter, Courtney Spivey, and Aisha Nuller.
Past the sign-in tent, there were 16 different booths and activities for attendees to explore. The first was the cake walk, hosted by the National Society of Leadership and Success. A variety of cakes and pies could be won, and many happy walkers were able to stop by the table and grab a slice.
The face painting booth was another popular stop. Hosted by Alpha Gamma Delta, many students walking around the festival were seen proudly displaying their artistic work.
“My favorite booth was definitely the face painting one,” said Mitchell Rainey who was decorated with Sakuna (from Jujutsu Kaisen) facial markings.
Another stop many students eagerly visited was the pumpkin-smashing tent, hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
“The pumpkin-smashing was actually really fun. My friends baseball-hit the pumpkin and it exploded. It was fabulous,” said Jordana Soto.
Along with various activities, organizations hosted food options as well. The Govs Outdoors hosted a booth where attendees could roast marshmallows, and a Tater Headz food truck was parked in the road.
Located at 215 Legion Street in Downtown Clarksville, Tater Headz sells a variety of savory potato dishes. The offerings for the Fall Festival included mashed potato bowls and mac n’ cheese bowls with the options of smoked chicken, chicken bacon ranch, and pulled pork.
After eating something, students could wander around and continue exploring what the festival had to offer. A photo booth hosted by Sigma Kappa let friends and family take fall-themed memories home, and a pie-throw hosted by Alpha Delta Pi let attendees pay a dollar to throw a pie at various faculty members.
At the end of the festival, attendees left the event with food in their hands (or stomachs) and a renewed appreciation for the transitioning fall season.