Lorain County Community College will host its 18th annual FamilyFest from 12- 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 on the LCCC campus.
This year’s event will include lots of food, entertainment, hands-on kids’ activities, inflatable attractions, pony rides, trick-or-treat for kids and an open house of the entire campus. Admission to the festival on the LCCC campus is free.
This year’s FamilyFest will again include a salute to our students who are military veterans. The Veterans Salute will be presented on the Courtyard stage at approximately noon and will feature LCCC Professor and Vietnam Veteran Bruce Weigl honoring our men and women in uniform.
Following that event on the Courtyard Stage, the LCCC Scholar Salute will be held at 1 p.m. Scholar Salute honors top high school graduates in Lorain County as well as Post Secondary Enrollment Options students and Early College High School students.
Entertainment on the Courtyard Stage will begin at 2:15 p.m. with magician Billy the Kid. His performance is sponsored by Elyria Public Library. Humble G, an ensemble of African drums and European violin, will perform at 3:15 p.m. At 3:45 p.m., LCCC student Wendy Hoover will impress the crowd with her country/pop songs. The Keller Brothers, all three LCCC students, will perform their unique a capella and barbershop style singing at 4:15 p.m.
Art Fest at FamilyFest, now in its sixth year, will be held in the Stocker Arts Center. It will include art demonstrations and items for sale by LCCC arts faculty and instructors in the LifeLong Learning program. There will also be live music in the Stocker Arts Center lobby during the Art Fest.
As usual at FamilyFest, kids’ activities abound. The Discovery Tent, located next to the Amphitheatre Stage, will have lots of free hands-on activities for the kids, including these games: Duck Pond, Harvest Toss, Dr. Seuss Guessing Jar, Putt Putt, Boo Bowling and Spider Drop. Other Discovery Tent activities will include a pumpkin patch where kids can decorate pumpkins. Also, several cartoon characters will make appearances during FamilyFest throughout the day.
For the fourth year, our pint-sized guests are encouraged to come dressed in costumes for the campus-wide trick-or-treat event presented by LCCC’s Student Life. LCCC students will lead the kids all over campus to collect treats from costumed hosts.
A long-time FamilyFest tradition, the Pie Walk will again feature Mama Joe’s Pies. The Pie Walk event is a "musical chairs" type of activity where participants can win pies from Mama Joe’s Pies. LCCC’s Staff Council sponsors the Pie Walk. The Pie Walk tent will be located just outside the Nord Advanced Technologies Center building.
The Pony Rides will be located in the University Center courtyard near the Physical Science and Health Science buildings. Tickets for Pony Rides and Inflatable attractions will be $2 each. Coupons will be available at www.lorainccc.edu/familyfest to download.
Another event to continue in its fourth year is the Gamers Fest, held in the University Partnership student lounge. It will give kids a chance to try out some favorite video games like Xbox, PS3 and Wii. Students from LCCC’s Gamers club are sponsoring this activity.
At the end of the day a game system will be raffled off at the Gamers Fest. Raffle tickets will be available at the fest for those who play or can be downloaded at www.lorainccc.edu/familyfest.
In the Barbara and Mike Bass Library, children and pose for their own "Read" poster and sign up for their own library card.
And don’t forget to check out the LCCC academic divisions including demonstrations in Engineering, Allied Health and Nursing and others. Plus, more than 45 community organizations will be on campus in the Courtyard Tent. You can get information about all kinds of services that are available to you as a Lorain County resident.
Food from a variety of vendors will be available to purchase.
In the event of rain, the Courtyard Stage entertainment, Scholar Salute and LCCC Military Veterans Salute will be moved inside to College Center Commons.