A Hot Air Balloon Glow, 5K Nite-Glow Run/Walk, KidZone, Battle of the Bands and fireworks are just part of the fun scheduled for East Central Community College’s first annual WarriorFest on Friday, April 8, on the ECCC campus in Decatur.
The event designed for all ages will be from 6 p.m. to Midnight on the north end of campus near the ECCC Pavilion and Lake area.
There will be activities throughout the evening, including a Hot Air Balloon Glow. A 5-K Nite-Glow Run/Walk will begin at dark with medals awarded to all participants and prizes to the top finishers in various divisions. There also will be a KidZone throughout the evening and fireworks after dark.
The highlight of WarriorFest will be the Battle of the Bands. There will be a $500 prize to the winning band. The featured band will be 5 Finger Discount out of New Orleans, La.
There also will be a Golf Ball Drop fundraiser with chances to win $1,000 and $500. Participants do not have to be present to win.
ECCC Warrior Fest balloon logoA Festival Food Court will be open starting at 11 a.m. offering chicken-on-a-stick, corn dogs, funnel cakes, sausage dogs, french fries, philly steak sandwiches, and other food items.
“With the postponement of the college’s Warrior Wonderland in December so that our football team, band, cheerleaders, and fans could participate in a bowl game in Texas, WarriorFest is another opportunity for East Central to host our local communities for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship on our campus,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “Our Alumni Association and many other members of our college family have put together an inaugural event that will provide family fun for all ages.”
Admission to WarriorFest is $10 per person; children three and under are admitted free. ECCC students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with valid school ID.
Admission includes all activities except the registration fee for the 5-K Nite-Glow Run/Walk, band entry fee into the Battle of the Bands, raffle tickets for the Golf Ball Drop, and Festival Food Court items. The registration fee for the 5K Nite-Glow Run is $25 per person or $15 for students and includes a free WarriorFest admission arm band. The fee to enter a band in the Battle of the Bands is $50. Raffle tickets for the Golf Ball Drop are $10 each. All proceeds benefit the ECCC Alumni Association.
The nationally ranked East Central Lady Diamond Warrior softball team will host rival East Mississippi Community College prior to WarriorFest on April 8. Those games are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Softball Park on the ECCC campus. There is no admission for the softball games.
For a complete schedule of events or to pre-purchase admission arm bands to WarriorFest 2016, register for the 5-K Nite-Glow Run/Walk, register to participate in the Battle of the Bands, and purchase raffle tickets for the Golf Ball Drop, visit www.eccc.edu/warriorfest.
For additional information, contact David LeBlanc, director of alumni relations and the foundation at East Central Community College, at 601-635-6327 or dleblanc@eccc.edu.