Every year the number goes up, starting with just the original title of ‘Fest’ and soon after adding a number for every year the tradition is continued.
The location varies but usually this fest is planned for an open area for musical acts that just keep getting bigger every year.
Traditionally, most people pile into cars, vans, or pickup trucks and make their way down the country roads that will lead you to what is now 8 Fest.
It will be very obvious who the veterans and the newbies of 8 Fest are. Coming in tattered, old throw-away clothing are the veterans, prepared for what are messy expectations of the soon-to-be 8 Fest. Unfortunately for many newbies, they tend to overdress for the occasion and end up being shocked when they find out that 8 Fest does to a fashionable outfit.
There are plenty of funny videos from 6 and 7 Fest on Youtube. However if you want to see for yourself, here’s a link for 7 Fest from last year:
A great explanation of just how crazy 7 Fest was for some.
After 8 Fest is all over and done with comes what I like to call “The Zombie Walk”. Those who walk back, you will see caked in mud and dirt; many still obliterated out of their mind looking like zombies as they troll the streets uptown. Just beware of the mess, regardless if you celebrated 8 Fest or not: dorms, Baker Center, and many other University establishments are often graced with muddy souvenirs of 8 Fest. Whether that be pieces of clothing that are covered in muddy remains or just chunks of dirt tracked in from the country field, there will definitely be markings.
All in all, 8 Fest can be a really fun time if you are up for the mess. While I’ve never been one to make it to any of the past fests, I’ve heard that it’s a once in a lifetime experience that you probably can’t do after college. So attend 8 Fest and cross it off the bucket list as a job well done.
8 FEST will be celebrated Saturday, May 21, 2011 · 10:00am – 11:30pm. Here’s the link to the official 8 FEST facebook page.