The Big Birthday Bash to be held Tuesday, Aug. 26, in honor of the 125th anniversary of Western Carolina University’s founding will feature an array of festive foods from cotton candy to fried Oreos – all available free of charge to attendees.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center and adjoining Central Plaza.
In addition to live music, old-fashioned games and photo opportunities, guests will have the chance to enjoy other tasty treats including barbecue, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, popcorn, watermelon, funnel cakes, fried Snickers, root beer floats, raspberry lemonade, tea, Pepsi products and birthday cake.
Zeta Smith, WCU director of special events and co-chair of the committee planning the bash, said many have said they are looking forward to trying fried Snickers and fried Oreos.
“These two seem to be a ‘gotta try’ item for young and old,” said Smith. “Kettle corn and root beer floats also are getting a ‘yummy’ response.”
Having a big get-together with food is part of the WCU tradition. Historically, the institution that became WCU hosted elaborate commencement exercises that would last three days, and the Cullowhee community would exhibit “lavish hospitality,” offering free food and lodging to visitors who traveled from a distance, according to an article by WCU founder Robert L. Madison that was published Aug. 6, 1938, in the Asheville Citizen.
“Some near-by homes had as many as 50 at a single meal,” wrote Madison in the article, which was shared by George Frizzell, head of Special Collections at WCU’s Hunter Library.
For more information about the Big Birthday Bash, visit the WCU news story “Big Birthday Bash on Aug. 26 to help mark WCU’s 125th year” online or call 828-227-3033. For more information about other 125th anniversary events, visit the website celebrate125.wcu.edu.