The view from the top of the Ferris wheel on the Drillfield this Friday will include multiple performances and novelties, hundreds of booths lined along walking paths and thousands of students in search of new ways to get involved.
The unmistakable mash up of personalities, activities and options at Gobblerfest each year is brought to campus by Virginia Tech Student Centers and Activities.
This year, Gobblerfest is predicted to be larger than ever. This is the second year the event will be on the Drillfield, hosting the largest number of clubs at any one event on campus. The gathering will be held from 4-8pm this Friday, Sept. 6.
“It’s kind of an exciting thing to be able to put an event like this on and to see the response we get from people that are participating,” said Steve Burrell, assistant director for Student Organizations for Student Centers and Activities. “It’s a great opportunity for people in general to learn about what we have available on campus.”
Over 400 student organizations have already registered to have booths of their own on the Drillfield, and more are expected to join that list. Organizations that did not pre-register may register at a walk-up booth beginning at 3:30 p.m.
“This is a huge event that continues to grow and creates a lot of excitement on campus. It takes lot of people collaborating and doing a lot of things to put on something this size and to ensure participant safety and enjoyment,” Burrell said.
Despite the preconception that the event is focused towards new students, it is open and free to all students, faculty and staff.
“I encourage everyone to get out and see what’s out there,” Burrell said. “Meet the people behind the booths and celebrate all that we offer in this community, including the partnerships we have and the businesses that want to get on campus.”
All different types of clubs, groups and organizations will be available to give information on membership, how they are active on campus and what they offer.
Performances throughout the night include dance teams, acapella groups and others, followed by a spirit rally to get the crowd hyped for the first home game of the season.
“Hopefully the clubs put some thought into what makes their organization unique and are able to describe what they bring to the fabric of campus by who they are,” added Burrell. “It’s a great opportunity to celebrate what it is to be a Hokie.”
Approx. 30 members, 4-5 meetings per week, dependent on skill level open to every fitness level, age, etc. “Parkour is all about flips, but it's also really not. It's an art of movement where you can move however you like to move. So most of what we do is try to get people interested in learning about the progressing sport and how to do it with good safe habits.” President: Zach Nemec, senior, civil engineering major
Roller Derby Club
Approx. 10 members, NRV Roller Girl practice 3 times a week, Open to all students, faculty, staff, and skill levels “Promoting the sport and introducing people and really trying to get people to be interested in this internationally growing phenomenon. Even if people are hesitant about playing, there are other ways people can get engaged such as watching our events or refereeing... We are a competitive organized, athletic team so we want to be taken seriously.” President: Stephanie Beeman, graduate student, biomedical engineering
Political Science Club
20 members, 4 years old, meetings twice a month, At meetings the members debate and discuss current events, laws, etc., and host outside speakers “If you like debating politics and the law, come on out. The purpose of the club is to engage in debates and further your knowledge on the subject.” former Vice President: Alex Zodikoff, senior political science major.