Spring Fest supports charity

by Sam Payne

Spring Fest has been a Whitworth tradition for more than 25 years and raises money for a different charity every year.

This year the festival will raise money for BELIEF, an organization started by Whitworth students, which helps low income students further their education.

It is a festival that was originally held in downtown Spokane for the whole community but this year it will be celebrated all around campus on Saturday, April 28.

“Spring Fest was created to help celebrate spring and it was also a way for Whitworth to give back to the community,” ASWU member senior Tori Sullivan said. “For the first Spring Fest Whitworth students came together with the community to load up a bus with canned goods to give away.”

This year the festival introduces some new activities such as a larping tournament and a car show.

The day kicks off at 11 a.m. after the superhero-themed Fun Run, which is open to the community.

“The Fun Run is a 5k costume run and will take place right before Spring Fest starts and it goes through the campus and the back 40,” Events Coordinator senior Brittany Roach said. “It’s going to be a bigger event this year and we’ll be involving the community more.”

Spring Fest activities include a bouncy castle, Mr. Whitworth beauty pageant for men, Frisbee tournament, jazz concert and mentalist Wayne Hoffman will perform in the afternoon.

Some of the day’s activities, such as the Frisbee competition and Fun Run, will include prizes for the winners.

Activities will be held in the Hixon Union Building and around the Loop.

“We are having car clubs around Spokane bring in their cars,” Roach said. “There’s going to be some vintage and some new suped-up cars which will be parked around by the HUB parking lot.”

If the weather is wet the Spring Fest booths will be taken indoors in the HUB.

“Last year it rained so we had to have it inside, so I really hope it stays sunny this year,” Roach said.

Contact Sam Payne at spayne@my.whitworth.edu

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