Not just free stuff

Jessica Sewing | Collegio Reporter

Tents popped up all over the Oval Wednesday afternoon for the annual PSU Community Fair. From cookies to pens to dunk tanks, businesses did just about anything to reel students in.
A number of students, like Julia Hacker, didn’t know that the fair was Wednesday. Hacker says she noticed the commotion during one of her classes.
“I saw what was going on during class and just stared at it for a good 50 minutes,” said Hacker, junior in special and history education.
Hacker says that many of the booths piqued her interest.
“When I first got down to the Oval the pizza caught my eye,” Hacker said. “After that, though, I saw that Big Brothers, Big Sisters was here and I signed up for that.”

Erin West, senior in biology, visits Sweet Designs booth during the annual community fair on PSU campus, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Erin West, senior in biology, visits Sweet Designs booth during the annual community fair on PSU campus, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The Community Fair is a way to introduce businesses to the students at Pitt State. The fair gave students an opportunity to see what campus organizations and businesses around town have to offer. Cassidee Connors was a member of one of the organizations that set up shop at the fair. Most booths, like Connors’, tried to engage students as much as possible and inform them about what they offer.
“Our main goal was to just talk to people and to get to know them,” said Connors, senior in psychology. “We were also handing out pens and candy.”
A majority of the booths offered some sort of free merchandise, whether it was a free pen, snow cones, pizza or key chains. The Shelter Insurance booth allowed students to participate in a dunk tank. The object of the game was simple: Hit the target with a football or softball and win a PSU T-shirt. Jacob Riemann was one of many who participated and won.
“I had a lot of fun last year,” said Riemann, sophomore in elementary education. “It’s nice to get to see the local businesses and to get some free stuff.”
One booth that students gravitated to was the First Christian Church table. Linda Coletrain and Pam Kolath say they had a modest plan; attach a flier about their church to a bag of cookies. Coletrain says that the women in their fellowship baked all the cookies for the event.
“We have something like 500 cookies for the students,” Coletrain said. “We were just trying to let students know that our church is very open to anyone who wants to come.”
Another booth promoted a cause. Marcia Weeks says she had a table set up to help students register to vote.
“Our goal was to engage students and provide them with advance ballots,” Weeks said. “We wanted to inform students about voting laws.”
For some students, like Hacker and all freshmen, this was their first time attending the fair and it left a lasting impression.
“Since I had class last year, I couldn’t come,” Hacker said. “I was really excited that I could come this year and it’s definitely been worth it.”

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