NORTH NEWTON, KAN. Bethel College will host its 33rd annual Fall Festival Oct. 2-5. Food, entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, alumni gatherings, lectures and athletic events fill the schedule, with most events taking place on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Activities are scheduled on the campus and at Kauffman Museum, both in North Newton. Dedication of Kaufman House and open house at the new location of Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution will take place. Dedication is set for 8:30 a.m., Oct. 4. Open house is until noon.
The musical "Quilters" about pioneer women will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 3, at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Newton Community Children’s Choir and Bethel College Academy of Music Suzuki Strings will combine for an 11 a.m. concert Oct. 4. Newton and Hesston high school jazz groups and also the Newton Railaires and Azteca Dancers will also perform that day.
Fall Festival events will include varsity volleyball at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2, men’s soccer at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Bethel College), women’s soccer at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4, and football at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 with Athletic Hall of Fame inductions during halftime of the football game. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for men and boys, an alumni tennis tournament and a soccer match between alumni and the current Bethel men’s team are also scheduled. All games are on the Bethel College campus except the football game at Athletic Park in Newton.
New to the festival this year will be a new course for the 5K run, jog or walk, a climbing wall for older children, teens and adults, and barbecue food sponsored by the college’s African-American Alumni Association.
Other scheduled presentations include the Schweitzer and Low German programs, Bethel College Thresher Jazz, City of McPherson Pipe Band, mathematics and science lectures, Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Chorus, Schniggle Fritz German Band, Newton Dance Center and Circle 8 Square Dance Club.
A quilt auction, photo exhibit by alumnus Don Goertzen, art workshops for children, fiber arts demonstrations, Peace Fair for All Ages, Market on the Green, a life-size mechanical cow name Moozie and guided prairie walk are also on the schedule for Oct. 4. This year’s Children’s Park features attractions from Xcite Productions of Newton.
Alumni reunions for the classes of ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98 and ’02 are planned as well as an open house for alumni who lived in Goerz House. A reunion of participants in Mennonite Central Committee’s Pax program is also part of Fall Festival.
Oct. 5 events include two Fall Festival worship services, beginning at 9 and 11 a.m., at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton.
Kicking off the weekend’s activities is Taste of Newton. Food booths and entertainment will be offered in downtown Newton from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 2.
For information about Bethel College Fall Festival, call (316) 284-5251 or access the website at www.bethelks.edu/fall-fest.