Approximately 25,000 students strolled up and down South Road to take part in the University’s biggest welcome-back event, enjoying free food and clear skies.
This year’s FallFest, an annual Week of Welcome event that offers hundreds of clubs and organizations the chance to publicize their work and recruit new students, took place without a single drop of rain, despite a forecast that had organizers worried .
Last year, FallFest was cancelled due to rain, so this time around both freshmen and sophomores were able to experience the event for the first time.
approximate amount spent on the 2013 FallFest
amount spent on the 2011 FallFest
number of students in attendance at the 2013 FallFest
Lauren Sacks, assistant director of student learning at the Student Union, said at any given time in the evening roughly 14,000 students could be found at the event.
Sacks said between $60,000 and $70,000 was spent on security, labor and production costs. She said the Student Union did not spend money on food or a considerable amount on vendors — all of the food provided was donated.