Bringing fun and games to the street

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SVSU’s annual Streetfest is set for Thursday, April 6, from noon to 8 p.m. in Parking Lot L near Pioneer Hall.

The outdoor carnival, hosted by multiple RSOs, will feature food trucks, inflatable rides, a DJ and a evening of fun and games.

The event is free for students, and friends and family are also welcome to attend.

In order to participate in the event, students must wear a Streetfest wristband, which will be available free of charge this week outside the Marketplace at Doan and the library.

Many individuals were involved with the planning of this event, but Program Board Coordinator Anna Devota worked especially hard to make sure the event is fun and safe for everyone.

“Streetfest is used to promote community involvement and bonding,” Devota said. “It’s all free for students. They would just have to pay for the food trucks.”

The planning started in early October as efforts began to attain event sponsors.

Student Life Event Coordinator Mike Hensley and a six-person committee worked to get more businesses besides SVSU departments to join as sponsors.

“We really hit the outside organizations that wanted to grow their businesses to our student population,” Hensley said. “A lot of the businesses are ones that have been at Cards Party as well as ones that just recently got closer to the university.”

Some of those new sponsors include the Cardinal’s Nest Tavern and Jet’s Pizza. The new sponsors, as well as returning sponsors, had several levels of sponsorship to choose from.

“There were four different levels of sponsorship,” Hensley said. “The first one purchased a spot on our advertisements. The second featured an advertisement and a table at the event. The third and fourth levels included a spot in front of a ride, such as the Super Slide.”

Besides getting sponsors, Student Life worked with other SVSU organizations to plan the actual event.

Last year, the event brought in about 1,200 people, but Devota hopes around 1,500 people will attend this year. She also hopes that more RSOs will be involved.

“We had more time to advertise and build a name for the event this year,” Devota said. “The thing I’m most excited about this year is RSO involvement. They can host a table, and they have a Vegas-themed activity to help students get involved. We’ve had a great turnout- about 30 RSOs.”

Besides RSOs, many other SVSU organizations are involved with this year’s Streetfest.

“It’s great that everyone can be involved,” Devota said. “Forever Red is in charge of sponsorships. Program Board, Valley Nights, SA, RHA and Student Life have all helped a lot with this event as well.”

Forever Red is also using the event to raise money for its scholarship.

“It’s important that students don’t pay into their own scholarship fund,” Devota said. “It’s coming from the businesses.”

Before Streetfest, students can buy a t-shirt outside the Marketplace or Student Life. Waivers, which are necessary to gain a wristband and free access to the rides, can be signed outside the Marketplace or library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 3 through April 5.

As Streetfest nears, Devota and the other students and organizations involved still have a lot of work to do, including making sure that tables will be ready the day of the event and ensuring alternative plans in case of rain.

Nonetheless, Devota is confident that this event will bring the community together and give students the opportunity to meet new people, try new things and learn about new RSOs.

“I really hope that RSOs that may not be the most recognized can get involved and that students will see the great stuff they’re doing,” Devota said. “Overall, it’s a last bit of fun that will hopefully relieve some stress at the end of the year.”