Edinboro welcomes spring and new community festival

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 5:47 PM
Edinboro welcomes spring and new community festival by Nathan Hirth
Graphic: Sam Smith

The semester is drawing to a close and spring has arrived, for the most part at least. What better way to send off the semester and welcome the return of sunshine to Edinboro than by having a festival.

Boro Fest, as it has been named, was planned as a way to bring some excitement to the spring semester. Dr. Timothy Thompson, the main organizer behind the event, said the idea was first broached during the Highland Games in the fall during a conversation he had with former university president Fred Walker.

“You know, we have events in the fall like the Highland Games and homecoming and other things,” Thompson recalled. “We have nothing big in the spring.”

However, it wasn’t until February that solid plans began to be made and Thompson started pulling it together. It didn’t take long to get people on board and make it a collaborative event for both Edinboro University and the borough.

 “I contacted the Borough Manager Kevin Opple. [We] sat down with him and the borough finance director, Jason,” Thompson explained. “We talked about it and they said, ‘yeah, let’s do it.’”

Taking place on April 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., Boro Fest will primarily be located in downtown Edinboro in the lot adjacent to John’s Wildwood Pizzeria, with some events taking place on the campus.

Boro Fest will include music performed by the General McLane jazz band, either on a stage or in a tent, depending on the weather. They will be accompanied by an Edinboro University jazz band and choir concert inside of Cole Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Some of the student art groups will be there to exhibit and sell their work. 

“Clay club, jewelry club, wood club, and possibly some others are going to be there,” Thompson explained. “And some will be doing live demonstrations of how they do things.”

Groups from Dr. Melissa Gibson’s event planning class will also be taking part in the festival by putting on different activities. These include a cornhole tournament, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a wing tasting competition, and a carnival. 

Thompson also mentioned another contest: disc golf.

“We’re redesigning the disc golf course on campus…so, we’re hoping to advertise that,” he explained. “We’re going to have a little disc golf putting contest.”

Beyond the wing tasting competition, food and refreshments at Boro Fest will be available from the Chameleon Food Trailer and from downtown establishments. There will also be beer for sale. 

“Originally, we conceived it as beer, music, art,” Thompson described. “So, that’s pretty much what it is.”

 Nathan Hirth can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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