Welcome back bash adds live music, games

Welcome Back Western Bash has served as a connector between Western students and the Bowling Green community for five years.

The event draws over 1,500 students and Bowling Green residents each year and event organizers expect an even large crowd this year.

The bash, co-sponsored by the university and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the event introduces students to local businesses.

In addition to informational booths and free giveaways, live music and games have been added.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday on DUC South Lawn.

Activities include free giveaways, live radio remotes and a variety of informative booths.

“We have over 50 booths or businesses this year,” said Tonya Matthews, director of community development with the Chamber of Commerce.

The booths will include a diverse selection of businesses ranging anywhere from cell phone companies to nonprofit organizations.

While browsing booths, visitors can enjoy free refreshments provided by WKU Food Services.

Four area radio stations will also be providing music. The booths, featuring such groups as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Greenwood Mall, and N-tense Sports, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After the booths close, games will be sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Preston Center. SGA President Jamie Sears said this year’s festival is the first to include activities. SGA has even rented an inflatable jousting ring.

“We wanted an event that students could identify with and have fun with every year,” she said.

The Preston Center will also be providing an outdoor volleyball net and sports equipment for games.

While students unwind during the games, they can listen to FLOORD’, a local Christian band band. The band will also be promoting the release of their new CD during their performance from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guthrie Bell Tower.

“I haven’t had much to do lately,” said Florence freshman Nathan Algie. “I don’t know anyone here and I could meet new people there… it would be neat to hear what (the band is) like.”

“I can’t wait to go,” said Georgetown freshman Jeremy Spors. “I love live bands and free food.”

Herald reporter Clare Lowther contributed to this story. Reach Cassie Riley and Clare Lowther at [email protected]