Lawnapalooza debuts at the WREC

Diana Hass, left, and Athena Oreck, right, stand outside the WREC on Thursday for the first Lawnapalooza event. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Otter Pops and Rockstars. Beanbag toss and giant Jenga. All of these can be found at Lawnapalooza, a new event held by the Wildcat Recreation Center and Recreational Sports. The event features music, lawn games, prizes and free, cold snacks, adding something to the 97 degree school day.

Lawnapalooza is held on the grass in front of the WREC every Thursday from 3-5 p.m.

Athena Oreck, senior Recreational Sports intern, works and runs the event weekly to encourage student activity on campus.

“It is basically a way to promote people coming out and having fun even if they are not so much interested in going to the WREC to work out,” she said.

This Thursday was the first time the event was held. The interns working there are trying to get students involved and get the word out by advertising inside the WREC and on social media.

“A lot of people still don’t know about the event, but we will be there every Thursday until the weather gets bad,” she said.

Simmone Abbey, a senior communication major, was playing ladder ball with three friends. She encouraged student participation so that more students can be engaged and enjoy the experience.

“It is so much fun,” she said. “I think more people should take advantage of this. I think they are only going to get bigger and better.”

List of activities:

  • Giant Jenga – A larger than usual block-stacking game where the goal is to remove and replace blocks without knocking over the tower.
  • Ladder ball – A game where two teams take turns tossing the ball, attempting to get it to stay on one of the three rungs of the ladder.
  • Beanbag toss – Players toss beanbags across the lawn, trying to get the bag into the hole on the raised platform.
  • Giant bowling – Just like bowling, only giant and inflatable.
  • Giant Connect Four – A vertical version of tic-tac-toe, played on a large scale game board.

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