Viking Fest draws crowds, provides funding for activities

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After two weeks of classes and a long weekend, the annual back to school event, Viking Fest, helped jump start funding and recruitment for clubs and organizations on Sept 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students gathered together from all sorts of organizations to promote their clubs and rally potential new members. From the front of the band hall to the corners of the cafeteria, students swarmed with t-shirts for sale or forms to sign.

“There was so many people,” senior Isabella Gil said. “Everyone was hyping up the ViQueens when they did their kicks and members of clubs came up to you to sell their gear and tell you about their club. I was a bit sad because it was my last one to attend as a Lamar student.”

The two hour event, offered attendees numerous choices in everything Lamar. From the teal Key Club t-shirts to soccer’s Viking scarfs and Art Club’s pottery, most left with hands and bags full of merchandise.

“I purchased four pottery bowls from Art Club,” journalism teacher Diann Whaley said. “I always go to their table first to get the best selection. The students create some lovely pieces and sell them at a really good price. We have some very talented artisans here.”

Viking Fest was more than just a fundraiser and social event. Whether students were looking for a club to join or even promoting an organization, they had the chance to learn about new opportunities available.

“It helps students get involved in extracurricular activities,” sophomore Deshundrick Lyons said. “There were lots of groups represented and some I didn’t know about.”

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