Lafayette Day in Easton: A big hit with students
By Marybeth O'Connor '15
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 15:09
With barely a sniffle and a mouth apparently lined in steel, Ross Chumsky ’16 chomped his way to glory, taking first place at the Easton Farmer’s Market Chile Pepper Fest. The Chile Pepper Fest blazed a trail that kicked off the good times at last Saturday’s sixth annual Lafayette Day in Easton. Students willing to venture off the Hill were rewarded with food, games, freebies, prizes, and a strong sense of community that is the essence of the area.
Lafayette students and staff were welcomed enthusiastically for the Day at the Square which also coincides with the Riverside Festival of the Arts. Activities included “Games with the Mayor” at the Purple Cow Creamery, caricature-drawing on Northampton Street and the famous—or perhaps infamous—doughnut-eating contest.
In a departure from previous years, the Easton community created little socials called “Leopard Party Spots” throughout the day. The party spots were at the Nurture Nature Center and The Grand Behind. Free pizza, subs and ice cream floats accompanied by music and mingling were highlights at the destinations.
“I really enjoyed spending time with my friends and interacting with the incredibly nice shop owners in downtown Easton,” Lafayette Day attendee Michael Rockman ‘15 said.
Students also enjoyed the scavenger hunt and Photo Safari activities Lafayette Day also offered. Students who got their Lafayette Day program stamped at ten of the local shops and businesses could enter into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate and two tickets to the State Theater.
A Photo Safari was a challenge to take pictures of various things down in Easton—Earl the Accordionist, a bicycle rack and anything made before 1960—along with a Lafayette student or staff member. Pictures then had to be submitted to the Lafayette Day Facebook page for judging. Creativity was strongly encouraged.
Students of all class years ventured around town sporting Lafayette pride as our own Leopards football team beat Bucknell to become 3-0 that same day.