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The Blue & Gray Press | May 26, 2018

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UMW Class Council and Giant Productions kick off fall with Rocktoberfest

UMW Class Council and Giant Productions kick off fall with Rocktoberfest

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The sounds of jazz and rock filled the air as the anticipated Roctoberfest took place on Ball Circle this past Friday, Oct. 3. Despite the threat of bad weather, Giant Productions and the sophomore Class Council still held the annual event to great success.

A line quickly formed near the food tents, where a free dinner was catered by Virginia Barbeque. Students filled their plates with pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and hush puppies.

Students were encouraged to take a seat on Ball Circle with their dinner to enjoy the bands. A

Performances began with acoustic singer Gwen Levey. The main performance of the evening, however, was by Elby Brass. Their energetic twist on modern songs was a hit among the crowd.

“[Elby Brass] is really a good band,” said sophomore English major Brooke Preas. “I enjoy coming to listen to great music every year.”

This year, Rocktoberfest’s give away was a magnet with a rock and Halloween inspired design, moving away from the usual cup giveaway.

“We figured we would do something different because so many people give out cups,” said sophomore Class Council President Cait Cobb.

Students like sophomore Caitlyn Edgerton were compelled to come to Rocktoberfest this year because of the cool design on the spirit Rock.

“I love the design this year for Rocktoberfest. It’s awesome” Edgerton said.

Those who attended this event said they were glad they did.

“This is pretty cool. I love BBQs, music and bean bag tosses so I’m having a good time,” said freshman Julia Romero.

Others, such as sophomore Reagan Johnson enjoyed spending the afternoon relaxing with good friends.

“I’m loving this free food and hanging out with my friends,” Johnson said.

Still, some students offered suggestions on how to make this event even better.

“If Rocktoberfest had more organized activities, such as fun games, I’d be more likely to go,” said junior business administration major Mary-Kate McCleary.

Overall, Rocktoberfest brought in students with delicious food and great music and was a great way to start out the fall season.