Thousands Attend LSU's Annual Fall Fest
Food, fun, freebies and the sounds of music filled the LSU Quadrangle and Exxon Quad on Friday, Sept. 14, as the annual LSU Fall Fest celebration welcomed back more than 30,000 new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus.
Fall Fest kicked off with the entrance of the Golden Band from Tigerland with the LSU Golden Girls and LSU Cheerleaders to get the crowd into the festivities. LSU Interim President and Chancellor William Jenkins officially welcomed everyone to the university, and LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell and Student Government President Taylor Cox were among those who spoke to the crowd about the amazing things going on at LSU.
This year, several members of the LSU athletics department, including head football coach Les Miles, graced the Fall Fest stage to fire up the crowd and encourage them to support their Tigers throughout the year.
The LSU Tiger Girls got everyone excited for the Love Purple, Live Gold Yard Show. The National Pan-Hellenic Council hosted the yard show with performances by several LSU fraternities and sororities and the Legacy Dancers.
More than 50 tables representing both campus units and area businesses were set up in the Quad and Exxon Quad with information and giveaways. Those in attendance were served free hamburgers, sausage po-boys, vegetarian burgers and chips, and other items, including popsicles from LSU Dining and ice cream from the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store, were also available. Local vendors also gave away various food and drink items.
In addition to serving as the chancellor’s official welcome back to campus, the annual Fall Fest event raised $7,000 for the LSU general scholarship fund through its sponsors, who also provided the funding for Fall Fest. Those generous sponsors included Baker Hughes, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Campus Federal Credit Union, Entergy, ExxonMobil, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Schlumberger and Shell. Additionally, in-kind donations were made to LSU Fall Fest by the LSU Bookstore, LSU Dining and Magnolia Canteen. And, throughout the Fall Fest celebration, many of those sponsors also thrilled the crowd by throwing out T-shirts, koozies and other items.