Wildcat Block Party Attracts Thousands to Kick Off School Year

OGDEN, Utah – The ninth annual Weber State University Wildcat Block Party on Aug. 30 will draw thousands to an outdoor festival that highlights the many departments, programs and clubs available on and around campus.

Campus organizations will use this year’s theme, “Wildcat Wonderland,” to create their booths and compete for awards. The “Best of Show” winner will receive the “Silver Cat Bowl” trophy with the department name engraved for display.

 “You have to see how some of our departments get very creative with the themes, and you never know what kind of educational experience you will run into at the Block Party,” said Nikki Nicholas, Wildcat Block Party chair.

The festivities will begin with the free President’s Purple Pancake Breakfast at 8:15 a.m., served by WSU administrators, including WSU President Charles Wight.

“This will be his first time serving at the breakfast, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for students to meet him and other members of the President’s Council,” Nicholas said.

In addition to the breakfast, the party will feature a “Taste of the Town” for the second year. For $5, attendees can sample a variety of dishes served by some of the area’s favorite restaurants. This portion of the event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  in the plaza south of Building 4 and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the Shepherd Union information desk. Tickets are limited and will be first come, first served.

Campus and community booths open at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored activities are scheduled throughout the day. An 11:30 a.m. pep rally at the lower Stewart Bell Tower Plaza will feature the WSU band, coaches and student-athletes.

“The block party is a chance to calm some back-to-school jitters,” Nicholas said. “This is an opportunity for current students, or anyone interested, to connect in a relaxed, enjoyable environment and begin the year on a high note.”

Last year, an estimated 6,500 students, staff, faculty and community members attended the event.

The booths, food and fun will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free, with exception of Taste of the Town, and is open to the public. For more information, visit weber.edu/blockparty.

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Nikki Nicholas, Wildcat Block Party Chair
801-626-7850 • nnicholas@weber.edu
Cozette Jenkins, University Communications
801-626-7948  cozettejenkins@weber.edu