Building Community at Croptoberfest

Recently, Concordia held its third annual Croptoberfest, designed to celebrate autumn and build community across campus.

Many students look forward to Croptoberfest each year. The festivities change but several activities remain constant such as food, music, games and crafts.

This year, students were treated with s’mores, caramel apples, and donuts courtesy of the Chemnitz staff. Additionally, there was live music presented by Concordia student Ethan Danz and Concordia alum Hayden Michael Lukas which highlighted the activities. Those in attendance listened and sang along, adding to the positive mood of the evening.

Several students offered words of praise for the atmosphere of the event.

“I had such a good time! The food was great and I loved getting my picture taken with my friends at the photo booth and jamming out to the music,” one said.

According to Resident Director in charge of Croptoberfest Manda Kelly, the event originated as “Choptoberfest” at Spring Arbor University and she brought the tradition to the Wisconsin campus three years ago. Kelly is pleased about this year’s event and her staff’s ability to deal with poor weather.

“It went very well, considering the fact that it was inside as opposed to outside because of the rain. My staff had to really figure things out and bring it together and they did a great job with that,” Kelly said.

Kelly also said about 350 people were in attendance and there were positive reactions to the festivities, becoming a tradition that builds community and brings people together.

“I think making it that tradition piece is very important. We have a couple of events like Skit Night that there is a lot of hype for and people look forward to every year and that is what I want Croptoberfest to be. We have been seeing higher numbers because upperclassmen are telling freshmen what a great event it is each year,” Kelly said.

Croptoberfest will continue to be an annual October tradition which builds community next year.

Categories: Community, Student Life

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