Community Fair Helps Students Acclimateby Howard Hewitt • August 30, 2011
Adrian Holguin '15, center, and friends stop by another booth to pick up information.
The Community Fair gives students a chance to learn about the community outside campus boundries. Or as one vendor put it, it's part free buffet, part Halloween with candy bags.
Brownsburg's A.J. Akinribade '15 gets a free tshirt.
Cory Egler '15 was working the booths picking up goodies, coupons, and more.
The Community Fair is fun too! Freshmen Denzel Wilkins and Arion Clanton seem to be enjoying the conversation.
Massage by Rebecca is always one of the popular stops - especially for athletes. Freshman Garrett Lynette was taking advantage of the massage therapy.
Food! Food! Food! Attendees get a free lunch at the community fair and many tastes of Montgomery County restaurants. Freshmen Ryan Sandwith and Josh Santana sample the pasta.
Sophomore Jim Larowe picks up a discount coupon.
Austin Weaver '13 signs up for one of many drawings.
Brock Smith '14 has pizza in one hand and a pen in the other for signing up at this booth.
Trevor Young '14 is looking over information.
Nathan Borden '13 and Mark Osnowitz '12 organized this year's Community Fair as summer Career Services interns. Near the end of Tuesday's fair the duo passed out tshirts to fair participants.
The sixth-annual Wabash Community Fair drew a big student crowd Tuesday to sample products and register for drawings. The Schroeder Career Services office sponsors the fair to introduce Wabash men to opportunities outside campus in Montgomery County.
Each year two Career Services interns organize the event.
“We had a lot of students,” Mark Osnowitz ’12 said. He helped organize the fair with Nathanal Borden ’13. “We had two big rushes with an athletics meeting (ending at noon) and all the other students coming right at the beginning. We gave away a lot of prizes. We just hope students got to see what the Crawfordsville community has to offer.”
Each year the student organizers are given a template to plan the event but the details are left up to each year’s leaders. “We get the basic game plan then we’re left to fill in all the blanks ourselves,” Osnowitz said. “It’s organizing and making sure we have everything written down. We keep track of who has given us sponsorship money. It’s a lot to keep track of but that was biggest hurdle initially, just getting the process started.
Merchants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to get their businesses and services in front of students. The crowd is always freshman dominated as the new Wabash men learn their way around town. Plenty of upper classmen make the Knowling Fieldhouse rounds looking for bargains and new businesses.
In photo: Borden and Osnowitz pass out participant t-shirts