Campus Life

Grace Hopes for Home Run at Funfest

By Rachel Miner

Fun Fest will be held on Sunday, October 28th, from 6-9 p.m. in the Gordon Recreation Center. There is no cost. This year’s theme is “Take Me Out to the Ballgame!” There will be ballpark-themed food, games for children up to 6th grade, a petting zoo, a dunk tank, face painting, 3 bounce houses and a designated area for parents to have refreshments and mingle with Grace faculty and staff.
Back in 1989, Fun Fest’s inaugural year, the event was first held in McClain Auditorium. It was later moved to the Lancer Gym before it landed in the Gordon Recreation Center. Aaron Crabtree, the Dean of Students, looks back on Fun Fest as “easily the biggest event of the year on campus.” During his time here, most of campus was involved in the decorating, designing, and advertising of the event. Past themes for Fun Fest have included Jungle, Under the Sea, Sportsopolis, Down on the Farm, Zoo, and Western.
Crabtree hopes that with each year the event can improve. “This year we hope to continue to expand the effectiveness of this event – improving it to be more intentional and age appropriate, get more students involved, and communicate love and care for the parents that attend,” said Crabtree.
Regina Bontreger, director of SERVE, said that her favorite part of Fun Fest is “watching the kids come in and get so excited!” The kids’ excitement has driven Jordan Weddle to make it better than it has ever been.
Members of the Warsaw and Winona Lake communities are invited, as well as the surrounding communities. The games will be aimed toward children in preschool through sixth grade. Students are encouraged to get involved, by helping man Fun Fest games or by donating candy. Donation boxes are set up on each hall for candy donations. Students are encouraged to sign up for time slots to help run games and activities. Contact Jordan Weddle ( as soon as possible to get involved.