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Fall Festival

For nearly 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.

Each year, Bethel College Fall Festival weekend begins with Taste of Newton downtown on Thursday evening, continues with special events at the college on Friday, peaks with the Fall Festival fair and many activities across campus on Saturday, and ends with worship and the final performance of the Fall Fest stage production on Sunday.

Fall Fest 2020 Schedule

Due to constantly changing requirements to contain the spread of COVID-19, this schedule is subject to change up to and including the day of Fall Fest. Please check back often for updates.

Thursday, October 1

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Forthcoming”  Photography exhibit by David Long

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum open - “Better Choose Me” is the special exhibit that will be on display at Kauffman Museum Fall Fest weekend. Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

27th and Main

6 – 9 p.m.

Taste of Newton - Bethel College and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce plan this annual event to celebrate the community and to kick off Fall Festival. Churches, clubs and organizations host food booths covering three city blocks downtown. Check Out entertainment at 2 performance areas: The stage at the intersection of Broadway and Main and The street level performance area at the intersection of Sixth and Main.

Downtown Newton

Friday, October 2

Campus Visit Day - To request a schedule or to make reservations register online at www.bethelks.edu/visit.

9 a.m. – 5 p.m

“Forthcoming”  Photography exhibit by David Long

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum open - “Better Choose Me” is the special exhibit that will be on display at Kauffman Museum Fall Fest weekend. Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

27th and Main

1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer vs. TBA

Thresher Stadium

3:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. TBA

Thresher Stadium

5 – 7 p.m.

A Gathering in the Garden - Hosted by Kidron Bethel Village - Alumni and friends are invited to the Peace Garden, located on the campus of Kidron Bethel Village, for an informal gathering with good music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Admission is $20 at the event. 

Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton

6 – 8 p.m.

Artist’s reception - Visit with artist David Long and view his work

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ticket window open - Purchase musical tickets.

Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center

7 – 9 p.m.

Athletic Booster Club and Hall of Fame Banquet - Ticket required

Memorial Hall

 7:30 p.m.

Fall Fest Production

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Saturday, October 3

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Food on The Green - Fall Fest means fun, fellowship and feasting on The Green. Look for the following food options and these hosts during the day:

  • Italian Beef Sandwiches, chips, cobbler, lemonade - BCKANS
  • Beef borscht and zwieback -- Bethel College Women’s Association
  • Burgers, chips, pop and bottled water -- Bethel College Alumni Association
  • Breakfast Burritos - Bethel College Softball
  • Brats - Bethel College Golf
  • Cinnamon rolls, coffee, ice cream and bottled water -- Bethel College Parents Association
  • Cookies -- Bethel College Student Social Work Organization
  • Curry -- Student Government Association Diversity Council and Service Corps
  • Hot links and sausages -- Bethel College African-American Alumni Association
  • 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

7 – 9 a.m.

Annual Kidron Bethel Country Breakfast - Hearty pancake, sausage and egg breakfast in the Harvest Table Dining Room. Cost is a donation. No reservation needed. Come join your friends for fellowship.

Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton

Breakfast for retired Bethel faculty, administrators and staff - Come when you can to enjoy the 7 – 9 a.m. Kidron Bethel Country Breakfast (see listing above), where a special section of tables will be reserved for former Bethel faculty, administrators and staff.

Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  

Kauffman Museum monthly bird walk - Local birding experts will lead a one-hour, 1.5-mile walk along Bethel’s Sand Creek Trail, looking and listening for birds.  Meet near the display in the museum parking lot. Trail terrain is uneven.

27th and Main

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Market in the Round - Market in the Round provides baked goods, a silent auction with wonderful contributions by various artists and crafters.

Lobby and halls, Luyken Fine Arts Center

8:30 – 9 a.m.

BCAPA 6th annual “Dart for Art” Fun Run - Run, walk, skip or leap for two miles on the north and east sides of campus to support arts education at the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts.

Thresher Stadium, Franz Plaza

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Forthcoming”  Photography exhibit by David Long

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Entertainment on the Prairie Sky Stage - In case of inclement weather, stage performances will be cancelled

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Schultz Student Center

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kauffman Museum open - “Better Choose Me” is the special exhibit that will be on display at Kauffman Museum Fall Fest weekend. Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

27th and Main

10 - 11 a.m.

History alumni kaffeeklatsch

Room 208, Will Academic Center

10 – 11 a.m.

BDH/BC Nursing Alumni Association coffee

Room 308, Will  Academic Center

10 - 2 p.m.

Children’s Park - To participate in an activity, children turn in tokens purchased at the entrance to the park.

North of the Administration Building

Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Ticket window open - Purchase musical tickets.

Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center

12:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. TBD

Thresher Gym

2 p.m.

Varsity Volleyball vs. TBD

Thresher Gym

2 - 4 p.m.

Tennis Reunion

Ward Tennis Complex

3:30 p.m.

Fall Fest Production

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

 5 – 6 p.m.

Reunion of former BC cheerleaders

East of Thresher Stadium parking lot

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Tailgate Cookout - Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available upon request in advance by calling 316-284-5251. See ticket form to order meals.

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

5:30 p.m.

Introduction of BC sports teams

Joe W. Goering Field, Sports Complex

 6 p.m.

Fall Fest football game - Bethel vs. Southwestern

Halftime

Athletic Hall of Fame recognition

Joe W. Goering Field, Sports Complex

Postgame - 11 p.m.

Young Alumni mixer

Centennial Plaza

Sunday, October 4

11 - 2 p.m.

Class of 2020 recognition event

Memorial Hall

1 – 2 p.m.

Ticket window open - Purchase musical tickets

Lobby, Luyken Fine Arts Center

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Kauffman Museum open - “Better Choose Me” is the special exhibit that will be on display at Kauffman Museum Fall Fest weekend. Museum admission is free Thursday through Sunday.

27th and Main

2 p.m.

Fall Fest Production

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

2 – 4 p.m.

“Forthcoming”  Photography exhibit by David Long

Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center

6 p.m.

Alumni Banquet and Alumni Awards - ticket required

Memorial Hall

Class Reunions

Every 5 years, starting with the 10th reunion and ending with the 45th, classes gather for fellowship and refreshments at Fall Festival. (50th reunions and beyond celebrate during our Alumni Heritage Weekend.) Download the brochure above for more information.

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 an electronic copy please email blichti@bethelks.edu.

Click Here to Fill Out a Personal Information Form

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

  • October 3, 2020
  • October 2, 2021 (proposed)
  • October 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 are in facilities 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. Check back for a link to the current festival program.

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.