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Black Squirrel Festival Features Live Music, Food and Freebies

Posted Sep. 1, 2014
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Vendors and student organizations take over Risman
Plaza and the Student Green for the annual Black Squirrel
Festival.

A Kent State University tradition for 33 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 5, from noon-6 p.m. at the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community. The event includes live music, inflatables, rock-climbing wall, photo booth, food, local vendors, student organizations and thousands of giveaway items.

The first 2,000 people to arrive at the event will receive a Black Squirrel Festival T-shirt. Other official event freebies include sunglasses, mason jar mugs and chapstick.

“This is the event of the year in terms of free stuff,” says Alyssa Mazey, senior public communications major. “My friends and I will for sure be out there again this year.”

The Kent State food truck, Fork in the Road, will be on site from noon-3 p.m. serving up some festival favorites. Dining plans are valid at the food truck. Local bands and DJs will perform throughout the event, each playing an hour set. Festival goers will enjoy musical genres ranging from rap to folk and some jazzy-blues in between.

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Beach Boyz Entertainment
  • 1-2 p.m.: Ace 500
  • 2-3 p.m.: The Gage Brothers
  • 3-4 p.m.: The Trunks
  • 4-5 p.m.: Mount Ratz
  • 5-6 p.m.: The Ohio Weather Band

The Black Squirrel Festival also offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Local vendors will have everything from coupons to clothing, jewelry and, of course, more free stuff. Many of the 300+ student organizations will be set up at the event to recruit new members and encourage students to get involved.

Lindsay Wheeler
, assistant manager for Kent Student Center Programming, says the Black Squirrel Festival is an excellent opportunity for students to revisit with student organizations or catch up with some that they did not have a chance to talk with during the back-to-school Blastoff event.

“Blastoff was only two hours,” Wheeler says. “The Black Squirrel Festival is all day and gives students the opportunity to visit more of the tables.”

Kent Student Center Programming’s popular late-night movie program, Real Late Reels, will be showing Disney’s Maleficent at 9 p.m. The movie will be projected drive-in-movie style on the Student Green. Watch trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-XO4XiRop0.

If it rains during the day, the festival will move indoors to the ballroom on the second floor of the Kent Student Center, and the movie will still be shown at 9 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. 

For more information about Kent Student Center Programming, visit www.kent.edu/kscprogramming.