Shorefest Returns with Music, Fun

Students upfront for Shore Fest’s main act, Afroman. Photo Courtesy of Sam Buzaid.

Kim Friel

Student Life Editor

The 2nd annual Shore Fest last Saturday which took place at The Kent School was just as much fun as everyone was anticipating.  The Elm would like to put the Student Spotlight on “The Shore Fest Crew.”  This group of motivated, hard working individuals consists of seniors Tom Perry, Nic Bash, Sam Buzaid, and Sarah Logsdon, and juniors Billy Stanford, Morgan Braendel, and Rielly Campbell.  Shore Fest took place in the scenic background of The Kent School and went from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. which music playing live all day from Segway, Chester River Run Off, The Dance Party, and special guest, Afroman.

When asked how the idea of Shore Fest started, Tom Perry explained.  “Nic and I started with the idea of Shore Fest when we hosted the pig roast for War on the Shore 2 years ago. Because it was such a success we thought that it would be fun to host another event on campus for the fall of 2009.”  Unfortunately, the Tom and Nic faced some difficulties with having the first ever Shore Fest on campus so they had to move it off campus–in only two weeks notice.  Incredibly, last year’s Shore Fest sold 150 tickets and this year’s event doubled in sales to 300 tickets sold.

When asked what the hardest part of putting on an event like this, Sam said, “keeping everyone on the same page and updated with any changes. Also, deciding who was going to perform, how we were going to make that happen. would we have food? would we have transportation?”  Tickets were sold from thirty to forty dollars, depending on how quickly students purchased them once on sale, but the money to jump start the event had to be paid up front by the crew.

Sam would describe Shore Fest as “WC’s own little mini Woodstock, forty years later, and only one day.”  The day was enjoyed by all despite the not so decent, cloudy weather.  “Since Sunday, we have had a countless amount of people come up to us to say thank you to all of us for such a great time, and that they couldn’t wait for next year’s event,” says Sam, “That’s really what all of this was about. We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves.

Sarah says her favorite part of Shore Fest was “seeing so many different groups of people come together. Usually it’s always the same people at social functions, but it was awesome to see new faces; I’ve never met so many new people in one weekend. It was also great that so many alums came back, which made the entire weekend fun.”

Shore Fest is definitely just the WC community needed and shows no sign of stopping.  “Hopefully next year we can make Shore Fest bigger and better,” says Tom who will be graduating this year along with Nic, but both are looking for dedicated students who are willing to carry on the event. “Since I have been a student here it has become increasingly difficult to have safe social events and I would like to see more people at WC enjoying their weekends here and not leaving to go home.”

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