By GABE GONZALES, staff reporter
Amarillo College’s Fallfest is back Sept. 22. The annual outdoor event is designed to bring students together for fun, fellowship and free food. It takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the clock tower on the Washington Street Campus
“Fall Fest is hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) and student life,” Jenna Welch, the student life coordinator, explained. “The event typically involves live music, catered lunch, and games and activities for students to participate in. We also have a new Fall Fest T-shirt designed every year that is sold at the event. It is an opportunity for students to have some fun outside of class and connect with one another.”
Students can expect face painting, science experiments and competitive games, Welch said. “Every club is tasked with coming up with the activity they would like to provide. In addition, SGA brings in several extreme attractions such as an obstacle course or a bouncy house.”
Fallfest 2021 will also feature live music performed by Dawson Hollow and lunch served by Sharky’s Burrito Company. Meals will be free for current students and $5 for AC employees.
Organizers said COVID caused the cancellation of last year’s Fallfest, but they expect several hundred students to participate this year. While students from any AC campus can attend Fallfest, the student life department is also serving free lunches on the East and West campuses during the week.
Students said they are excited for Fallfest to come back this year. “It’s going to be my first time going to Fallfest. I didn’t go back in 2019 or 2020 so I’m pretty excited about what this year has to offer,” Dominique Munoz, a biology major, said.
Michael Tomlinson, a legal studies major, said this will be his second time attending Fallfest. “I went in 2019. I had a blast with all the activities that were offered, games, food and live music was amazing, I’m ready to see how Fallfest plays out this year after the impact of COVID,” he said.