What better way to spend a beautiful April Saturday than with music, games, face painting and food? John Carroll University’s Student Union Programming Board delivered all of the above and more to students Saturday, April 27 during the second annual Carroll Fest. The fun began at 3 p.m. on the steps of the Lombardo Student Center and went until midnight in the varsity gym. Eight live bands played throughout the day—three featuring JCU students—filling the sunny day on campus with great music.
SUPB started planning for the event in January with off-campus concerts, but the preparation hit full force in February with a focus on the on-campus concerts. On Saturday, committee members and volunteers were out in full force to make sure everything ran smoothly.
“The volunteers and other committee members were a tremendous help at the event and I want to thank all of them for their great efforts,” said freshman Corinne Hendrock, publicity chair and assistant director of Carroll Fest.
The day started out with music by Charlie Mosbrock and quickly sped up when Blue Fin and One Day’s Notice took the stage. A highlight of the day was the a capella group Overboard, who impressed the crowd with songs such as “Help” by The Beatles.
The night closed with DJ Kyde in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center for a dance party. Hendrock said that while they had hoped for a better turnout for the dance party, DJ Kyde did a great job and those in attendance really enjoyed themselves.
Sophomore Danni Keane, the major events coordinator for SUPB and the chair for the Carroll Fest Committee, and Hendrock both noted that they hope for the dance party to develop and attract more people in the future.
“Next year I think we could benefit from additional publicity for the dance party, because there is so much potential; we just haven’t found the right way to execute it. I have big hopes for next year,” said Keane.
This year’s Carroll Fest was a big change from last year, according to Keane.
“Last year we had two days of concerts with several bands performing. After reviewing surveys we put out after last year’s Carroll Fest, we decided that one day and eight bands were better suited for us,” said Keane.
Keane also observed that this year attraced a bigger crowd because of the positive reactions to last year’s Carroll Fest.
Hendrock noted that the weather was another factor in getting people out Saturday, giving them a much better turnout than last year.
“A lot of people came throughout the day and were really interested in the events happening, like caricatures, body art, free food and the bands, of course,” said Hendrock. “Even the tye-dying station was a hit amongst the students and attendees,” she added.
Freshman Brooke Weber, said, “Carroll Fest was a pretty good way to round out the year because there were a lot of things to do, and it was very relaxing.”
Weber also said she really enjoyed the caricatures and thought that the food truck was a nice addition to the event.
Both Keane and Hendrock have big dreams for future Carroll Fests. Hendrock said she is excited to start planning for next year and to add and improve on the foundation they have started.
Keane also is excited for the future of Carroll Fest.
“It’s so special to see the Carroll community come together over music,” added Keane.
“Carroll Fest is going to become something very unique to John Carroll. Right now, Carroll Fest is still new and fresh, as we continue having it year after year, it will get bigger and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future.”