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Annual “Taste of Forest City” has biggest participation in years

Godfathers Pizza was one of the booths you could visit at this years Taste of FC event.

Godfathers Pizza was one of the booths you could visit at this years Taste of FC event.

By Karissa Vetsch

The annual “Taste of Forest City,” held in the Waldorf College Atrium on September 2, had the largest participation in years. Waldorf clubs and community groups spread out along 31 tables across the room for students and community members to check out.

“Free” was the key word to get college students to attend this Waldorf event. Free pieces of Godfathers Pizza were handed out while Titanka Savings and Bank provided free popcorn. Bill’s Family Foods and Floral gave out free flowers to ladies visiting the tables. Waldorf’s S.W.A.T. (Social Warrior Activities Team) handed out coupon cards available for use at local businesses. Nu2u and Serenity Spa held raffles throughout the night for students to win prizes. Waldorf College’s Student Senate had a game of bean bags for students to play to win a prize. Another interactive activity was at the Campus Ministry table where students could vote on where the next Spring Break Missions Trip should go. Attendance appears to have been greatly affected by companies and clubs offering free and interactive activities.

The Waldorf clubs that participated include the Biology Club, Amnesty International, S.W.A.T., Campus Ministry/The Bridge, Education Club, Like Fire, Chess Club, Optimist Club, Theatre Department, Gay Straight Alliance, Criminal Justice, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Business Club, WWIPS, and Student Senate.

Some local businesses that came out were Nu2u, Godfathers Pizza, Serenity Spa, Forest City Public Library, TSB, Bill’s Family Foods, Forest City Chamber of Commerce, Cabin Coffee, Forest Foods, Salon Infinity, Wells Fargo, Mary Kay, St. James Catholic Church, Crisis Intervention Service, Titonka Savings and Bank, and Forest City Chiropractic and Sports Clinic.

The coordinator of the event, Amanda Aberle said, “I am very happy with the turn out for the event. I am thrilled that the event was something that both businesses and students I talked to enjoyed and found worth in.”

As the Waldorf clubs and local businesses think about next year’s “Taste of Forest City” they can reflect on the turn out from this year. “The highlight of the event was seeing students and community members interact,” Aberle said. “Events like this could never work if it weren’t for the students and community members wanting to develop a relationship and I hope ‘Taste of Forest City’ helped allow that relationship to grow even more.”