FebFest Celebrates Winter on the Hill

Walley, FebFest mascot.
Walley, FebFest mascot.
Hamilton's 10th annual winter carnival, FebFest, will take place on Feb. 13-20 on campus. In honor of the Winter Olympics, this year's theme is Walley Goes for Gold. Highlights will include “snoccer” and dodgeball tournaments, a fireworks display, a chili cook-off, and the Mr. Hamilton contest.

Other events that require purchase of a button for entrance include a chocolate tasting, a midnight breakfast bar, and performances by Katie Costello and Zack DuPont on Feb. 18 in the Fillius Events Barn. Students can purchase a button for $5 at Beinecke Student Activities Center or at each event.

Hamilton's first winter carnival was held in 1938, with events such as a hockey game, dance parties, crowning of the carnival queen and a figure skating exhibition by James and Grace Madden of the U.S. Olympic Team. The tradition continued with similar events until the mid-'50s, when it lost popularity. The winter carnival returned to the Hill in 2000 through the efforts of students and Student Activities staff. FebFest aims to liven up the Hill and provide the community a distraction from the cold, snow and work.

Events that are open to the public include a “Celebrate the Cosmos” exhibition on Feb. 13 at the Emerson Gallery, an a capella concert in the Chapel on Feb. 19, and the Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 17 at the Tolles Pavilion.
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