Under the big top at UW-Parkside

The Fall Fest of 2012 at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, themed “Circus Spectacular,” begins on 1 October and hosts numerous exciting events throughout the week.

“We have had many students ask for a carnival so this year we thought ‘Why not give them what they want,’” says Julie Evans, Marketing Coordinator of Student Activities at UW-Parkside. “We have a wide range of preferences when it comes to entertainment so we try to keep that in mind. We try to bring a variety of performers so that everyone is interested in something throughout the week!”

The Fall Fest will run until 6 October and promises to awe students with all that is planned throughout the week.

Monday marks the Fall Fest Kick-Off, complete with Dead Man’s Carnival, a vaudeville styled circus act featuring stilt walking, juggling, and other exciting stunts. The performance will close out with a big band stage show. Classic carnival fare, such as popcorn and soft pretzels, will be available throughout the event. The Kick-Off will run from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Main Place. Also to take place on Monday is A4L’s LGBT Violence Training from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Oak Room.

Puppeteer Scott Land, who has worked on productions such as Team America: World Police, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and The Ben Stiller Show, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Den on Tuesday. Land has worked with various celebrities and has even given a special performance for the Dalai Lama. He is now bringing his fun-filled show to UW-Parkside.

Wednesday keeps our taste buds satisfied with a pie-eating contest and the arrival of the Beaver’s Donuts Truck. S’mores, Loco Coco, and PBandJ are just a few of the unique creations that are found on the truck’s menu. Beaver’s Donuts is based out of Chicago and the truck can be found in a different section of the city each day. The truck, always full of delicious treats, will now be coming to a stop at UW-Parkside. The pie-eating contest will take place in the Brickstone Eatery from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. and the donut truck may be found in the Student Center atrium from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at which point it will move to the Rita Tallent Picken Center and remain there until 3 p.m.

Magic abounds on Thursday when magician Nate Staniforth performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Cinema. Staniforth has created an original illusion for well-known illusionist David Blaine and has traveled India and Southeast Asia in exploration of magic for a documentary covering its presence around the globe. UW-Parkside students now have the opportunity to witness his marveling stage show firsthand. UW-Parkside’s Black Student Union will also host a dance on Thursday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. in the Den.

The Cinema will host one-man performer Nick Pike at 8 p.m. on Friday. Pike, originally from Great Britain, will present an act filled with acrobatics, juggling, and comedy. Pike has been featured in the top forty-eight acts on the television show America’s Got Talent and has brought his variety show to various festivals and venues all over the world. He is one of a small number of individuals to possess a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Contemporary Circus and Theatre from London’s The Circus Space. Friday also begins Lil’ Sibs Weekend and brings the game of Bingo to the Den from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A showing of the movie Madagascar 3 will follow Pike’s performance. See the movie at 9:30 p.m. in the Cinema.

The culmination of Fall Fest 2012 comes on Saturday with a carnival in the Student Center parking lot from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

“The first ever Parkside carnival scheduled for October 6 is the largest event of the week!” remarks Julie.

Fire dancers and other performers of Dead Man’s Carnival will return and games and rides will fill the parking lot. Rise into the sky on the Ferris wheel or muster the courage to take a ride on the Scrambler. Traditional carnival eats will be served and face painters and balloon artists will provide even more fun.

So, step right up ladies and gentlemen to the UW-Parkside Circus Spectacular Fall Fest. Whether you prefer puppetry, fire-breathing, or just cotton candy, Fall Fest will have something for everyone.

Says Julie, “It’s hard work, but we know it’ll pay off!”

Further information may be found on advertisements posted throughout the school campus or obtained from the Student Activities Office.

Article by Ellen Pate Bridgers

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