September 26, 2008
University says 'Let them eat cake'The 30th annual Market Street Festival will take place tomorrow in downtown Selinsgrove.
Mike Coyne, Susquehanna's vice president of finance, treasurer and coordinator for the festival, said there is something for everyone at the festival.
"There's great 'fair food,' fresh produce, gymnasts, models, dancers, crafts, jewelry, a culinary showdown among area restaurants and a lot more," Coyne said.
This year, in addition to the free entertainment and variety of food choices, festival-goers will have a chance to dunk President Lemons, walk in the "pet parade" and enjoy some of the free 300-pound cake being given to Susquehanna as a gift from ARAMARK Food Services.
According to a press release from the Office of Communications, "this gigantic cake will be the centerpiece of a birthday party celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Susquehanna University."
The cake will be served at 10:30 a.m. during the festival and is estimated to serve approximately 1,500 guests.
Bob Ginader, director of ARAMARK's operations at Susquehanna, suggested the idea of a party and the cake. Ginader and Amy Hoffman, head baker at Susquehanna, will lead the cake project and begin to sculpt the cake today.
The cake will be made in the likeness of the university's Sesquicentennial logo and once finished, will be 4 feet wide and 7 feet long.
As for transportation of the cake from Susquehanna to the festival, the Office of Communications' press release said, "Susquehanna's Office of Facilities Management is building a special wood frame to support the cake's weight on saw horses draped in cloth."
In addition to the cake, some of this year's food stands will include classic street food like funnel cakes and fresh-made potato chips, along with cultural cuisine like Indian food.
There will also be entertainment for guests to enjoy every half an hour. Some of the performances include the Susquehanna University Dance Corps (SUDC), the Selinsgrove High School Band, and the Selinsgrove Dance Studio.
SUDC will be performing at 2 p.m. in front of First National bank.
"This is the SUDC's fourth time performing at the festival. Each year, we do a half hour of entertainment. All of the dances performed are choreographed by the students in the club themselves. This year, the SU Dance Team will be performing their two dances from last spring as well as doing some interactive dances with the crowd," said Megan Jagoda, a member of the squad.
Along with the scheduled entertainment and activities, many of the local businesses will be organized on Market Street during the festival.
"Coming to the festival is a great opportunity for those who are new to Susquehanna to get to know the community and what downtown Selinsgrove has to offer," Jagoda said.
Several Susquehanna projects as well as some politically and religiously affiliated organizations will also have stands set up during the festival for visitors to stop by and visit.
SIFE, Habitat for Humanity, representatives for the McCain and Obama campaigns, WomenSpeak and the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) are among some of the groups that have signed up to participate in the festival.
"The CMENC is planning on making instruments with the children and the pep band will be performing at 10:30 a.m. for the Susquehanna anniversary," said Johanna Reed, secretary for the Susquehanna chapter of CMENC.
The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow and will last until 4:30 p.m.
Although many of the vendors and organizations will be offering free activities; food, souvenirs or any of the items offered at 10,000 Villages will have to be purchased.
"If you haven't gone to the festival before, you should definitely go this year. It's always a good time, but there's so much going on for the anniversary celebrations. It's going to be a lot of fun," Reed said.
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