Fall has finally hit Ohio University in full swing, and with that comes all things fall-themed, including food and festivities.
On Thursday afternoon, Ohio University Program Council hosted their annual Fall Festival on South Green’s South Beach.
The event was completely free for students and included a number of activities, including pumpkin painting, a photo booth, face painting and a professional balloon artist.
Along with the fall-themed events, there was also food, including the classic fall foods such as candy corn and caramel apples.
Freshman journalism student Emily Eschliman was glad she stopped by the event. “The Fall Festival really got me into the holiday spirit as I got to pick out a pumpkin. It was also nice because there was tons of free food and the music was great,” Eschliman said.
While students explored the festival, there was live entertainment from Captain Kidd from Columbus, followed by Bad Veins from Cincinnati.
Freshman pre-med student Kundai Banda passed by the event while walking to her dorm and decided to stop by to get into the fall spirit and listen to the music.
“It was the perfect day to hold the event,” Banda said. “It was great fall weather, which really put everyone in the mood, and then the caramel apples and pumpkin painting topped everything off. The bands were really great as well! I was impressed.”
Along with the Fall Festival, the dining halls have been serving fall foods to get students in the spirit of crisp weather and changing leaves, such as apple cider, pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie and more.
On Oct. 14, Nelson Court held their Harvest Fest, during which they served typical fall flavors such as pumpkin pie dip, apple cinnamon waffles, pot roast and pumpkin French toast during lunch and dinner.
On Friday night, the school hosted Fright Night in the Ping Student Recreation Center from 8-11 p.m., which was free of charge to students. The event included food and music, and activities such as a costume contest and pumpkin carving.
With fall almost officially a month in, Ohio University along with its students has embraced the fall spirit with festivities and food, as the weather and leaves have started their transition into the season.