By KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
Fall colors blurred behind crowds of red and blue at Warrior Fest Saturday, as local businesses, churches, and college athletes gathered on both sides of downtown Broadway Street to give and receive information about their programs.
The festival lasted from 9:30 a.m. until noon, as families and students visited the athletic and business booths. Leather jewelry, pumpkins, print Warrior T-shirts, crochet hats, home baked goods, carved wood décor, and meals were being sold.
The purpose of Warrior Fest is to give the college students an opportunity to get familiar with the downtown area and for the community members to greet the college athletes they’ll be supporting.
“I enjoy seeing students in a different environment and getting excited about the fall athletics. It’s essential for a small town to connect with its college. They rely on each other. Neither would be the same without each other” said Mark Tremaine, assistant professor of criminal justice.
The Sterling College football team and cross-country team signed photos, the soccer teams sold scarves, the golf teams directed a chipping game, the volleyball team offered serving for prizes, and the women’s basketball team hosted a BBQ sandwich sale. While the men’s basketball team played basketball with kids, the softball team did face painting, the baseball team led a kid’s pitching practice, and the cheerleaders performed stunts and cheers.
“I enjoy seeing the town all come together. To interact with the community our team sells scarves, kicks the ball around with the kids, or we’ll juggle the balls. From my freshmen year to now, it’s really evolved and gotten bigger and bigger each year. It’s cool to see how they change it each year,” senior soccer player Haley Garcia said.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festival each September and welcomes people of all ages to participate in the morning’s activities.
Wendy Calderwood, who graduated from Sterling College in 1989, said Warrior Fest was an exciting experience.
“Today was my first time coming to Warrior Fest. I enjoy all the energy. Everyone is just excited about Sterling,” she said. “The community of Sterling does a great job of supporting the college and the college does a great job of supporting the community. So far I’ve participated in bingo, a bean bag toss, and now I’m going to get some barbecue from the basketball team. I will come back next year.”
Warrior Fest finished with women’s and men’s soccer games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This was followed by a football game against Kansas Wesleyan at 6 p.m. For a full list of this year’s athletic events, visit scwarriors.com.