Fiesta and car show rev up community


The annual college Spring Fiesta and car show entertained the locals April 25 from 1-5 p.m. “It brought not only students, but young families together for a fun day at the college,” Seward student Devon Box said. Booths were set up all around the college courtyard, providing activities for attendees of the Spring Fiesta. Activities included face painting by the student art club Kylix; music from the band Ambient Musical; snow cones from Phi Theta Kappa; basketball with the men’s basketball team; soccer with HALO and manicures with cometology students. Carrie Shinogle helped run the Student Government Association money booth, which gave kids the chance to catch both fake and real cash, and was a popular booth at the Spring Fiesta. “I want to say the money booth was the busiest booth, because there were tons of kids,” Shinogle said. “But I’m sure all of the booths were pretty busy the entire time.” After participating in an activity, attendees were given a stamp on their Spring Fiesta cards. After participants received 10 stamps from the booths, they could head to the Saints bookstore to claim a prize. By the end of the day, the bookstore received 74 stamped cards. Director Jerri Lynn Lyddon was in the bookstore to hand out prizes. “They seemed pretty excited when they brought their cards in,” Lyddon said. “Some parents even participated.” Although the fiesta brought in many members of the community, students believe there’s still room for improvement. Shinogle believes the college could improve the attendance of the fiesta if they provided games for older kids, as opposed to booths targeting young children. After attending the Spring Fiesta, many walked over to the car show at the Area Technical School. The crowd at the car show voted on favorite cars from each category making the contest a people’s choice. The overall people’s choice winner was Arden Fowler from Hugoton with a 1969 El Camino. Seward machine tools instructor Butch Garst agreed with the choice. “It was just a clean car,” Garst said. In honor of the college’s 40th anniversary, the college President Dr. Duane Dunn judged cars from the years 1969 and 1970. The winner of the president’s award was James Mongold from Liberal with a 1969 Camaro Pace Car. Garst believed the college hosting the Spring Fiesta and Car Show is beneficial to the school. “It’s exposure for the school,” Garst said. “It gets the general public from the service area a chance to come in and see what we actually do here.”