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King University is hosting its third annual KingFest, a family-friendly day of sports and entertainment, on Saturday 1st October at its Bristol campus.
The celebration takes place in conjunction with King’s Family Weekend and offers many free events to the public.
“We look forward to KingFest each year as it marks a time when we can welcome parents, alumni and community members to campus together,” said Rob Littleton, vice president of student affairs and dean of studies. “The food, activities and sporting events offer something for everyone and create a fun, relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy.”
Several NCAA Division II sporting events are scheduled for KingFest, including volleyball and soccer. Games include:
- Women’s Soccer – King vs Barton – 1pm – Free
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- Women’s Volleyball – King vs. Emmanuel – 2pm – $5 Admission
- Men’s Soccer King vs Barton – 4pm – Free
A limited number of free t-shirts will be awarded at the 50th Anniversary Gamesth Anniversary of Title IX. If you can’t come to the event but still want a shirt, you can order it online. Current, future or former female athletes are also invited to join the women’s soccer team at halftime during their game for a celebration.
Those wishing to donate a coat to the King’s Coats for Kids project can drop it off in the designated bins at the women’s volleyball game.
In addition, King will host his Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the Student Center Complex. There is a $10 registration fee for the ceremony, which includes dinner.
“Our women’s volleyball and soccer teams got off to a strong start this year, and we look forward to introducing our student-athletes to our alumni and wider community,” said David Hicks, Director of Athletics. “We look forward to seeing everyone on campus this weekend supporting our amazing student-athletes.”
One of the highlights of the day is a scenic reading of the new play “Good King Wenzel” at 2.30 p.m. in the Kunsthaus. This event will include an in-person interview and question-and-answer session with the paper’s authors, Katherine Paterson and Stephanie Tolan.
Paterson, a King graduate, was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is known for many popular works, including Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, The Master Puppeteer, and The Same Stuff. . as stars.” She also recently published a new memoir entitled Stories of My Life. Tolan is a Christopher Award winner for her book Listen! and a Newbery Honoree for Surviving the Applewhites.
The reading and the talkback session are free and open to the public. Seating is offered on a first come, first serve basis.
King’s softball team is hosting a cornhole tournament starting at noon. The registration fee is $10 for an individual and $20 for a team. Cash or checks will be accepted and prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. Registration fees are used to support the softball team.
Individuals or teams wishing to participate in the tournament must register by Friday, September 29 at 10:00 p.m. at [email protected]
A complimentary picnic lunch with popcorn, cotton candy, pumpkin decorations, balloon animals and face painting will be served at the soccer field. Ax throwing is offered for adults.
L’Churro Food Truck will also be on site serving desserts.
High school students who want to learn more about King and experience campus life can register for the open house. Participation is free.
“The open house is a fun day for students and their families to meet with professors, learn about our programs and clubs, take a campus tour, and have lunch with us,” said Mandie Roberts, director for Undergraduate Admissions. “We love when this coincides with KingFest because it gives a great insight into the campus atmosphere and community.”
King encourages those wishing to attend KingFest events to register in advance for planning purposes.