Springfest — a Hiram tradition since the early 1970s — lives on this weekend, giving students a welcome chance to let loose from the intense studying that often accompanies the Spring 3-Week.
This year’s festivities have a fairy tale theme — Terrier Tales — and begin Thursday, April 28, with a dodge ball tournament. The weekend concludes with a carnival on Sunday, May 1. See a full schedule of events here.
Springfest evolved from the College’s May Day celebration when Hiram operated on a quarter system. Activities have changed over the years, but it has remained an anticipated end-of-the-year event.
KCPB President Tiayra Matthews ’12 said Springfest remains exciting each year by building upon popular events from previous years and trying new things as well. With Hiram being a small college, she said Springfest is one chance to have large scale events, which are popular at larger colleges.
Here’s a look back at Springfest activities from decades passed.
The 1977 Lantern Yearbook – “A picnic on the academic green followed by a lively jazz band concert kicked the weekend into full swing as picnicers were serenaded to the tunes of artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louie Armstrong.
No classes on Friday, May 13, meant sleeping-in late and being served a late breakfast by members of the Hiram faculty and staff before running down to the football field to participate or watch the “Almost Anything Goes” competition – a MUST for a complete “Hiram experience”.
The Phi Gams had the answer for those who were wondering how to productively spend their Friday evening – the Phi Gam Eat Out, complete with 23 kegs of beer & Oliver Goldsmith’s Comedy. “She Stoops to Conquer” was the theatre production which played each night of the Spring Weekend. It was thoroughly entertaining to those who took advantage of seeing the first theatre production in the newly remodeled Hayden Auditorium.
The climax of the weekend came on Saturday with the annual Craft Fair. Over 50 exhibitors displayed items such as pottery, handcrafted jewelry, copper enameled goods, wire sculptures, leather goods, and much much more. Throughout the day browsers were entertained by a bagpipe player, a bluegrass band, and a barbership quartet. The launching of a hot air balloon completed the day.
Those who seemed to enjoy themselves most were “marked” people. As the Spring Weekend came to a close, these people were marked by sunburnt shoulders and smiling faces. “
The 1981 Lantern Yearbook – A 100 foot banana split, a parade, and a carnival were among the highlights of “Festival of Fools,” the 1981 Spring Festival. For the second year in a row, the dining service capped Thursday’s picnic dinner by constructing the mouth-watering banana split, complete with toppings, whipped cream, and cherries, as the students watched. Background music for the dinner was provided by the Jazz Ensemble. The Thursday night “Quest” and Friday afternoon “Frolic of Fools” games were among the activities organized for the three-day weekend. Of course, the climax of the long list of events was the Saturday “Festival of Fools.” Preceeded by a one-half hour long parade around the village, the carnival featured a juggler, fashion show by the International Students Organization, magic show, and auction, as well as the traditional games, crafts, and food stands. The proceeds from the annual auction went to the Paul Knight Scholarship Fund. The traditional “Eat Out,” sponsored by the Phi Gams and Phi Betas, was also held, as was the most recent addition to the Spring Festival schedule – the “Pig Out,” sponsored by the rugby team.
Spider Web 1988 Yearbook –
Round and Round they go, until a triumphant Diana Wroblesky wins the game of musical chairs!
Spider Web 1992 Yearbook – Springfest was held this year during the week of May 10-16. Highlights of the week were the annual auction, picnic on the Green, and the formal dance held in the Ballroom.
|Attempting to “jitterbug” are Jay Mager and Jackie Pike||Betsy Aronson, Matt Thomas, James Bucher, Jodi Bebout, and Jodi Murphy wait to place their bids at the auction.|
Spider Web 1995 Yearbook – May 12-13 was the weekend which Joel Ingersoll planned Hiram’s Springfest. The Weekend began with a picnic/happy hour with bands in the Quad courtyard. Saturday, the Habitat for Humanity auction was held with John Moody as the announcer. He auctioned many donated items which students bid on to take home. Late afternoon students gathered around to design their very own tied-dyed T-shirts. Later, bands entertained the crowd and a picnic dinner was served.
|John Owen and Paul Gaffney put on their dancing shoes and join in the crowd as they jam to one of the bands, Java Bean.||Katy Bishop creates her specialty tie-dyed shirt, using as many colors as she can.|
Hiram College Vision 2007 Yearbook – Springfest was held April 27-29 and was sponsored by the KCPB. the Spring Fling dance “A Timeless Secret Garden” was held on Friday night in the Martin Field House of the Coleman Center. Saturday evening KCPB sponsored the pre-concert barbque and the live bands that performed including Devil John, Dear and the Headlights, Lovedrug, Boys Night Out, and headlining band the Plain White T’s. Sunday wrapped up weekend of events with the Springfest carnival including battle of the bands, body piercers, jousting, obstacle courses, a rock climbing wall, dunk tank, henna tattoo artists, a balloon artist, jail ‘n’ bail, keg toss, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce ball, Maui Wowi Smoothies, a mechanical bull, and hot tubs on wheels. The weekend was an enjoyable time and helped bring an end to the 2006-2007 school year.