The Telegram
  • Fall Fest brings together HCCC with community

  • The campus at the top of Lou Ambers Drive in Herkimer was bristling with excitement this weekend.

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  • The campus at the top of Lou Ambers Drive in Herkimer was bristling with excitement this weekend.
    Herkimer County Community College’s Fall Fest ‘08 was held Saturday at the college, bringing students and faculty from the school together with the community for a wide scope of activities.
    “This is terrific,” said HCCC President Dr. Anne Murray on attending her first Fall Fest. “The activities are really varied.”
    She spent time mingling with those at the event and cheering on HCCC athletic teams playing later on in the day.
    One of her favorite activities was using some of the astronomy equipment which was provided by the Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society, even with the cloudy sky.
    Among the highlights of the event were award-winning mentalist Larry Volz performance in the Sarkus-Busch Theater and a motorcycle, antique tractor and car show in the physical education building parking lot. Other activities included nature trail hikes, an international food event, caricatures, a flea market, inflatable games, hay rides and a telescope and sun gazing activity.
    Director of Student Activities Vicki Brown set up the event along with her Fall Fest Committee, which is made up of faculty at the school.
    Brown and the committee began preparing last April for this years event.
    “Most of it is done in the spring and then I finish it up during the summer,” said Brown. “When everyone comes back there are just a few minor details to finish.”
    Each committee member has his or her own task and sets up an event said Brown.
    “There are so many talented teachers on campus who get involved with (Fall Fest),” said Murray.
    Brown spent her day on Saturday walking around and making sure people were having fun. Her favorite event of the day was the car show.
    “It’s cool to have community members up here,” said Brown. “There are a few students with cars (in the show) too.”
    Brown pointed out that a number of alumni came back and were part of the event as well, one even coming from Massachusetts.
    “It’s important alumni like to come back and be here,” added Brown.