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Fall Festival

For 50 years, Bethel College has celebrated education, diverse cultural traditions, special foods, fine arts, crafts and friendship at its annual Fall Festival, held each year on an extended weekend in late September or early October. More than 5,000 people come to Newton and the Bethel campus to enjoy an array of activities.

Fall Fest 2021 schedule

 

All events are in facilities on the Bethel College campus, unless otherwise noted.

Check out our Fall Festival 2021 event on Facebook at Bethel College Kansas Alumni Association.

 

Parking locations:

Thresher Stadium parking lot, 29th & Main (overflow east of tennis courts)

Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main

North Newton streets

Luyken Fine Arts Center parking lot, permit only, reserved for performers, exhibitors and those with handicapped parking permits

 

Thursday, Sept. 30

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

“Roots and Wings: Our Gift from Mother Nature” — Group exhibit by Springdale Art & Nature Center, Halstead, with sculptures by Beth Vannatta

 

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main

The current special exhibition, “Vapes: Marketing an Addiction,” examines what we know about e-cigarettes, the new alternative to smoking. Selections from “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920” – useful and decorative home items from the Ethel Ewert Abrahams ’67 collection – will be shown alongside “Vapes.”

The museum store, the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” and “Mirror of the Martyrs,” and the tallgrass prairie reconstruction and historic farmstead will be open as well.

Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

 

4 p.m.

Kidron Bethel Village (3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton)

Live Forward groundbreaking ceremony

Join us to celebrate the construction kick-off of the campaign that will position Kidron Bethel Village as a place for engagement and connection across the community, especially that of Bethel College, with an educational center for 72 students that will offer classroom space and facilitate intergenerational partnerships.  

 

6 – 9 p.m.

Downtown Newton

Taste of Newton

Bethel College and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce partner on this annual event to celebrate the community and kick off Fall Festival. Churches, clubs, organizations and private vendors host food booths covering three city blocks downtown. Plus, there will be two areas for live music and other performances (schedule and performers subject to change on short notice).

Broadway & Main – Everence Financial Services Stage

6 – 6:45 p.m.                             Bethel College Jazz

6:55 – 7:15 p.m.                        Newton Community Children’s Choir

7:20 – 7:40 p.m.                        Sound of the Heartland

7:45 – 8:30 p.m.                        Newton High School

Sixth & Main – on the pavement

6 – 6:20 p.m.                           Newton Performing Arts Center

6:25 – 6:45 p.m.                      Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts Dance

6:50 – 7:10 p.m.                      Newton Tae Kwon Do

7:15 – 7:35 p.m.                      Newton High School Railiners

7:40 – 8 p.m.                          Junior Railer Cheer Club

8:05 – 8:25 p.m.                     Circle 8 Square Dance Club

 

7 p.m.

Memorial Hall

KIPCOR Fall Festival Peace Lecture with Mark McCormick

Mark McCormick joined the ACLU of Kansas in April 2018 as director of strategic communications. Previously, he served as executive director of The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita. McCormick is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 20 years of experience as a reporter, editor and columnist. He is a trustee at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and has been a Professional-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma. 

Although this is a free event, donations to KIPCOR will be collected at the end of the evening.

Following the lecture, McCormick's book Some Were Paupers, Some Were Kings: Dispatches from Kansas will be for sale, and McCormick will be available to sign books. Some Were Paupers showcases some of McCormick's best columns, in which he writes of people with Kansas connections, the known and the not-so-well-known, who altered their world.

 

Friday, Oct. 1

 

Campus Visit Day

To request a schedule or to make reservations, register online at engage.bethelks.edu/portal/visit

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m

Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

“Roots and Wings: Our Gift from Mother Nature” — Group exhibit by Springdale Art & Nature Center, Halstead, with sculptures by Beth Vannatta

 

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main

The current special exhibition, “Vapes: Marketing an Addiction,” examines what we know about e-cigarettes, the new alternative to smoking. Selections from “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920” – useful and decorative home items from the Ethel Ewert Abrahams ’67 collection – will be shown alongside “Vapes.”

The museum store, the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” and “Mirror of the Martyrs,” and the tallgrass prairie reconstruction and historic farmstead will be open as well.

Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

 

11 a.m. – noon

Memorial Hall

Convocation with Glen Guyton: “Reawakened: Activate your spiritual life to spark lasting change!”

Glen Guyton, Elkhart, Ind., is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. He is the author of Reawakened: How Your Congregation Can Spark Lasting Change (2021), and is speaking at Bethel as part of the fall 2021 convocation series on faith formation. The public is invited (in-person with seating in the Mem Hall balcony and mask-wearing and physical distancing required, regardless of vaccination status; or online at https://youtu.be/A4xK9CufR64).

Guyton will sign his book (copies will be available for purchase) immediately after convocation in Schultz Student Center.

 

1 p.m.

Hesston Public Golf Course

Thresher Classic Alumni Golf Tournament

Join other Thresher alumni in a round of golf at the scenic Hesston Golf Course. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m., and play begins at 1 p.m. To register, visit www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events/alumni-thresher-classic

 

1 p.m.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

STEM Symposium

NOTE: Seating in Krehbiel Auditorium and the Ad Building chapel (Saturday) will be limited due to COVID restrictions. Most events will also be livestreamed – links below.

Opening session – Alumni panel

This year’s symposium honors Richard Zerger ’69, emeritus professor of chemistry.

“Opportunities for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology”

·         Kathryn Layman, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, moderator

·         Otis Beverly ’04, Waters Corporation

·         Eric Peters ’97, MRI Global

·         Scott Toerber ’00, Waters Corporation

Livestream: https://youtu.be/5qgQY71NwBA

2 p.m.

“From Chemistry and German to Biochemistry: My Journey from Bethel College to a Career in Biotechnology. What Will Your Pathway Be?”

·         Pablo Ceres ’99, Ph.D., Invitae Corporation

·         Jeremy Mitchell-Koch, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, moderator

Livestream: https://youtu.be/5qgQY71NwBA

 

6 – 8 p.m.

Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Artist reception — Visit with artists and view “Roots and Wings: Our Gift from Mother Nature”

 

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Ticket window open for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

 

7 p.m.

Wild Prairie Event Center (1610 SE Third St., Newton)

Athletic Booster Club and Hall of Fame Banquet

This event will honor the 2002-03 men's basketball team, the first to represent Bethel at the NAIA men's basketball championship, under the leadership of 2020 Hall of Fame inductee Frank Flores and 2003 KCAC Coach of the Year Gary Chupp. Tickets are required, with proceeds going to support the booster club —  available at https://bethelthreshers.com/sports/2021/6/9/6147_132677263328766727.aspx

 

7:30 p.m.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised]

Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield wrote this irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. As London’s longest-running comedy, it clocked in at 9 years at the Criterion Theatre in the West End. 

Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s 37 comedies, histories and tragedies in 97 minutes, a wild ride sure to leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Buy tickets in advance at https://www.bethelks.edu/fine-arts, or by calling Thresher Shop at 316-284-5205 (credit card orders only) or visiting the store in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

9 p.m.

Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Cast reception for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

 

8:30 – 10 p.m. 

Mabee Observatory open, 4th floor, Krehbiel Science Center or via https://youtu.be/mQt4H-W6nGk

 

Saturday, Oct. 2

 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Kauffman Museum parking lot, 27th & Main

Kauffman Museum monthly bird walk

Local birding expert Lorna Harder ’87 will lead a one-hour, 1.5 mile walk along Bethel’s Sand Creek Trail looking and listening for birds. Trail terrain is uneven. Binoculars helpful but not required. No cost.

 

7:30 – 9 a.m.

Kidron Bethel Village (3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton)

Country Breakfast drive-thru

Enjoy the annual Country Breakfast tradition as a drive-through to-go option. Drive through the Kidron Bethel parking lot to pick up your breakfast of a sausage and egg burrito and fruit delivered right to your car. By donation with proceeds benefiting Friends of Kidron and the Health Care Benevolent Fund.  

 

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Luyken Fine Arts Center lobby and halls

Bethel College Women’s Association Market in the Round — baked goods; items by various artists and crafters

 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. or until gone

Food on the Green

Fall Fest means fun, fellowship and food on the Green. Some booths start serving at 8 a.m., so get there early!

Look for the following options and hosts during the day:

·Beef borscht and zwieback — Bethel College Women’s Association

·Brats — Bethel College Golf

·Breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches — Bethel College Softball

·Burgers, chips, pop, bottled water — Bethel College Alumni Association

·Cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate — Bethel College Parents Association

·Curry (vegetarian) — Bethel College Diversity Council

·Hot links and sausages — Bethel College African-American Alumni Association

·Kettlecorn — Yoder Kettlecorn

·New Year’s cookies and coffee — Bethel College Women’s Association

·Pie-by-the-slice — Bethel College Women’s Association

·Verenike — Bethel College Alumni Association

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

“Roots and Wings: Our Gift from Mother Nature” — Group exhibit by Springdale Art & Nature Center, Halstead, with sculptures by Beth Vannatta 

 

9 a.m.

Ad Building chapel

STEM Symposium

Zeina Ghaoui ’99, Moderator

“Building a New Public Health Agenda for Africa”

·         Lolem Ngong ’98, MPH, chief of staff, Amref Health Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, presented remotely from Kenya

Seating will be limited due to COVID restrictions; livestream at https://youtu.be/jSYakBhj_Nw

10 a.m.

STEM alumni reception — all graduates in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, physics and psychology are especially welcome.

 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Booths and exhibits on the Green

Booths and activities are hosted by auxiliaries, sports teams and various student clubs and organizations, including:

·Admissions department

·African-American Alumni Association

·Bethel College Alumni Association

·Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA)

·Bethel College Booster Club

·The Bethel Collegian

·Environmental Action Club

·Femcore (BC feminist collective)

·Golf team

·KBCU 88.1 FM

·Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)

·Kauffman Museum

·Parents Association

·Social work department

·Softball team

·Tennis teams

·Volleyball team

·Woven and Open Road 

Additional booths hosted by alumni and guests are listed below. Those by alumni, students, current or retired faculty or staff are marked with an asterisk (*). Those donating 10 percent or more of their Fall Festival proceeds to the college are noted with a plus sign (+).

Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

Susan Bartel Art*+

Jocelyn Woodson, Hutchinson — Paintings on canvas and wood, greeting cards

Everence Financial Advisors

Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau — Information about the city and region

Prairy Market & Deli* and Salted Creamery — Peppernuts, orange cookies, trail mixes, granola, candies, tea, ice cream, Prairy merch and more!

Wands, Wings, and Fairy Things, Park City. Butterfly and star wands, tiaras, halos, fairy wings, and kid’s bows and arrows.

Camp Mennoscah*

Eldine Franz Harder, hand-crafted greeting cards*+

 

9 a.m. – noon

Memorial Hall

Milestone Reunion reception

Join your classmates for an informal gathering of our milestone reunion classes. Alumni in classes “one-up and one-down” are invited, too. (For example, Classes of 2005 and 2007 are welcome at the 2006 reunion.) Refreshments served. 

Class of 2011 (10th)

Class of 2006 (15th)

Class of 2001 (20th)

Class of 1996 (25th)

Class of 1991 (30th)

Class of 1986 (35th)

Class of 1981 (40th)

Class of 1976 (45th)

Class of 1971 (50th)

Class of 1966 (55th)

Class of 1961 (60th)

Heritage Class (1960 and prior) 

 

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

North of the Ad Building

Children’s Park

Spin art, obstacle course, gourd and pumpkin painting, and more! Purchase tokens at the entrance to the park. 

 

9 a.m.

Discovery Room, Memorial Hall basement

Kindermusik at BCAPA

The whole family will delight in playing instruments and games, singing songs and having fun together. BCAPA's Kindermusk instructor Sarah Teichler will be in the Discovery Room at 9 a.m. for a free 30-minute class for children ages 0-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the class. Come join us to laugh, learn and grow closer as you make priceless musical memories.

 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Entertainment on the Prairie Sky Stage

9:30-9:50 a.m.                  Open Road

10-10:20 a.m.                   Woven

10:30-11:30 a.m.              Tropical Shores (steel drums with Brad Shores & Erica Nance)

11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.      McPherson High School Jazz

12:30-1:10 p.m.                Newton High School Jazz

1:30-2 p.m.                       BC Jazz Combo

2:15-3 p.m.                       BC Jazz Ensemble

Subject to change on short notice; the most up-to-date schedule will be posted at the stage on Saturday morning, Oct. 2.

 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thresher Shop, Schultz Student Center

Thresher Shop will be open during the day and will have a stand at the football game from 6 p.m. through halftime.

 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main

The current special exhibition, “Vapes: Marketing an Addiction,” examines what we know about e-cigarettes, the new alternative to smoking. Selections from “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920” – useful and decorative home items from the Ethel Ewert Abrahams ’67 collection – will be shown alongside “Vapes.”

The museum store, the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” and “Mirror of the Martyrs,” and the tallgrass prairie reconstruction and historic farmstead will be open as well.

Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

 

10:30 a.m.

Centennial Plaza

BCAPA showcase

Experience music and dance with BCAPA's talented students — performances from our three dance companies, our Suzuki book 1-4 group classes, and a select group of piano students. 

 

1:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main

“The Dutch Golden Age: Mennonite to the Core,” an illustrated program by Lauren Friesen ’67, Ph.D. The Dutch Golden Age was an era when the visual arts, medicine, business, education, theater, poetry, theology and publication flourished, with Mennonites deeply engaged in all disciplines. Friesen will cover Mennonite connections and involvement including Rembrandt (painting), Nicolas Bidloo (medicine), Joost von den Vondel (drama), and the founder of the Golden Age, Carel van Mander. 

COVID restrictions and room dimensions limit audience size to 40 individuals. Reserve a seat by registering at https://www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events

The program will be available online by Tuesday, Oct. 5. 

 

2 p.m.

The Caf, Schultz Student Center

Host Family reunion

Connect with host parents and host students. Enjoy refreshments, a brief program and plenty of time to catch up!

Capacity is limited. See https://www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events for tickets.  

 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Luyken Fine Arts Center lobby

Ticket window open for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

 

3:30 p.m.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised]

Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield wrote this irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. As London’s longest-running comedy, it clocked in at 9 years at the Criterion Theatre in the West End.

Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s 37 comedies, histories and tragedies in 97 minutes, a wild ride sure to leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Buy tickets in advance at https://www.bethelks.edu/fine-arts, or by calling Thresher Shop at 316-284-5205 (credit card orders only) or visiting the store in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

5 p.m.

Luyken Fine Arts Center lobby

Cast reception for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 

 

5 – 6 p.m.

East of Thresher Stadium parking lot

Former BC cheerleaders reunion

 

5 – 6:30 p.m.

East of Thresher Stadium parking lot (cafeteria, Schultz Student Center, if rain)

Tailgate Cookout

Vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request in advance by calling 316-284-5251.

Tickets required — see www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events

 

6 p.m.

Fall Fest football game

Bethel vs. Bethany College

7 p.m./halftime

Athletic Hall of Fame recognition

Tickets at https://bethelthreshers.com/sports/2021/6/9/6147_132677263328766727.aspx

 

Immediately following the football  game

Centennial Plaza

Join our newest alumni (Classes of 2020 and 2021) for a young alumni mixer. Enjoy a late-night snack and catch up with your classmates. Not sure if you’re a “young” alumnus? It’s up to you!

 

Sunday, Oct. 3

 

10 a.m.

Mem Hall

Fall Festival worship service

Join the Bethel College family for Sunday worship.

 

1 – 2 p.m.

Luyken Fine Arts Center lobby

Ticket window open for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

 

1 p.m.

Thresher National Disc Golf Course

Inaugural Herman Bubbert Invitational Disc Golf Tournament

Play the scenic Thresher National Disc Golf Course on the Bethel campus.

12:30 p.m. — Beginners singles check-in

1 p.m. — Beginners singles tee (9 holes; up to 18 people)

1:30 p.m. — Advanced singles check-in

2 p.m. — Advanced singles tee (18 holes; up to 36 people)

3:30 p.m. — Doubles check-in

4 p.m. — Doubles tee (18 holes; up to 24 groups/48 people)

Tournament open to Bethel College alumni and current students only.

See https://www.bethelks.edu/alumni/events to register.

 

1 p.m.

West of Ward Tennis Center

Fall Festival Spikeball Tournament

Come to the grassy area just west of the tennis courts for a spikeball (roundnet) tournament with both advanced and beginner/intermediate division, plus a free agent division to match up players in need of a partner.

Small spikeball and Bethel College prizes for podium finishers.

Register at https://fwango.io/fallfestrt

 

Kauffman Museum, 27th & Main

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The current special exhibition, “Vapes: Marketing an Addiction,” examines what we know about e-cigarettes, the new alternative to smoking. Selections from “Better Choose Me: Collecting and Creating with Tobacco Fabric Novelties, 1880-1920” – useful and decorative home items from the Ethel Ewert Abrahams ’67 collection – will be shown alongside “Vapes.”

The museum store, the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” and “Mirror of the Martyrs,” and the tallgrass prairie reconstruction and historic farmstead will be open as well.

Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

 

2 p.m.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised]

Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield wrote this irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. As London’s longest-running comedy, it clocked in at 9 years at the Criterion Theatre in the West End.

Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s 37 comedies, histories and tragedies in 97 minutes, a wild ride sure to leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Buy tickets in advance at https://www.bethelks.edu/fine-arts, or by calling Thresher Shop at 316-284-5205 (credit card orders only) or visiting the store in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Luyken Fine Arts Center lobby

Cast reception for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 

 

2 – 4 p.m.

Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

“Roots and Wings: Our Gift from Mother Nature”  — Group exhibit by Springdale Art & Nature Center, Halstead, with sculptures by Beth Vannatta

 

5:30 p.m.

Ad Building steps (inside Mem Hall in case of inclement weather)

Golden Thresher Class of 1971 class photo

 

6 – 8 p.m.

Memorial Hall

Golden Thresher Banquet and Awards Presentation

A delicious buffet meal will be followed by a program that will include special recognition of the Golden Thresher Class of 1971, the presentation of the 2021 Outstanding Alumnus Award to Jennifer Scott Koontz ’98 and the Distinguished Achievement Award to Steve Friesen ’75, and a message from President Jon C. Gering ‘94. Due to social distancing guidelines, admission is limited to members of the 50th reunion class and award winners/guests.

Visit www.bethelks.edu/reunions for tickets.

 

Monday, Oct. 4

11 a.m. – noon

Memorial Hall

Young Alumnus Award convocation

Joel Gaeddert ’06, founder and CEO, Flint Hills Design

 

Sponsors

Thank you to our Fall Festival and Taste of Newton sponsors!

Each year, Bethel appreciates the support of Fall Festival and Taste of Newton sponsors, hosts, performers and exhibitors. Donations from sponsors support the Saturday fair on campus and also go toward Bethel’s share of expenses as it cooperates with the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce to put on Taste of Newton. Some exhibitors donate their proceeds. Some entertainers donate their time. Look for signs thanking our donors, and offer them an additional thank-you when you have the chance.

Please support these Fall Fest sponsors:

Midway Motors

Davidson Dental, Terry Davidson, DDS

The Breadbasket

Living Rooms by Gayle

Bluestem Communities

Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

City of Newton

City of North Newton

Union State Bank

Harvey Drug

Adrian & Pankratz PA

Everence Financial Advisors

Excel Industries

Goossen Law Offices

NMC Health (formerly Newton Medical Center)

 

Class reunions

Every 5 years, starting with the 10th reunion, classes gather for fellowship and refreshments at Fall Festival.

Members of reunion classes are welcome to fill out a Personal Information Form to be shared with your classmates. Responses will be printed and available in a binder at the reunion for guests to read. An electronic copy will be made available after the reunion – to request one, please e-mail blichti@bethelks.edu

Click here to fill out a Personal Information Form.

 

Upcoming dates for the annual Fall Festival fair on campus are:

  • Oct. 8, 2022 (proposed)

The dates are determined by the first home football game in October, as scheduled by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

All events take place on the Bethel College campus in North Newton unless otherwise noted.

Whether or not you’re acquainted with Bethel, you’re invited to make yourself at home on our campus, greet old friends and make new ones, sample new foods, listen to new sounds and enjoy Bethel tradition at Fall Festival. For more information, contact the alumni office, which coordinates Fall Festival.

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Bethel College would like to thank these 2019 Fall Festival and Taste of Newton sponsors:

  • City of North Newton, proud sponsor of entertainment on the Prairie Sky Stage.
  • Everence, proud sponsor of performances on the Taste of Newton stage.
  • City of Newton
  • Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

Maroon Level Sponsors - $250 to $500

  • Adrian & Pankratz, PA
  • The Breadbasket
  • Edward Jones - Jeffrey Graber
  • Hesston Decorating Center
  • Newton Medical Center

Gray Level Sponsors - $100 to $249

  • Central Kansas Community Foundation
  • First Bank of Newton
  • Goossen Law Office
  • Living Rooms by Gayle
  • Midland National Bank

Each year, Bethel appreciates the support of Fall Festival and Taste of Newton sponsors, hosts, performers and exhibitors. Donations from sponsors support Fall Festival on campus and also go toward Bethel’s share of expenses as it cooperates with the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce to put on Taste of Newton. Some exhibitors donate their proceeds. Some entertainers donate their time. You are invited to thank businesses and individuals for their contribution to these annual college-and-community events.

To support the college and gain business exposure as a sponsor for a future Fall Festival, please contact the alumni office.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.