Student Activities Office

History of Feb Fest

In 1925, Hamilton hosted its first winter carnival, which the college hoped would become a seasonal tradition. Past carnival events included: ice sculpture contests, dance parties, figure skating exhibitions, a queen of the carnival contest, and a final formal event which featured the likes of Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Over time the annual event faded and eventually disappeared in the 1950s. Students revived the fun-filled week of events in 2000. Holding true to its original purpose, Feb Fest livens up the Hill during the middle of winter. With a chocolate tasting, Snoccer (Snow Soccer) competitions, a Chili Cook-Off, an Ice Skating Party, a beer tasting and more, Feb Fest encourages students and staff members  to reconnect with one another and this beautiful campus.