Colorful Weekend

Before stressful finals week began, students spent one of their last weekends on campus running through color, watching the bulls and throwing their hands in the air. 

The busy weekend began with “The Battle on the Mountain,” Berry’s seventh annual bull run. Sponsored by Block and Bridle, Berry’s animal and agriculture interest club, the event brought students, staff, and community members to Berry’s Gunby Equine Center. Students turned out in their best cowboy boots and flannel shirts to enjoy a night of action-packed bull-riding and hilarious skits by rodeo clowns. Alec Losee, a freshman from Salt Lake City, Utah, stunned the crowd with his brave efforts at riding the bucking bulls. 

Following the Bull Run, students flocked to the fifth annual Exam Jam. This year, Berry put on a festival-style series of concerts by several amazing artists: The Eric Eaton Band, the Dirty Guv’nahs, Bryce Vine, and The Apache Relay. The Eric Eaton Band, composed of seven Berry students, started off the musical night with their soulful and groovy renditions on classic 70s and 80s pop songs. 

“I really want to thank KCAB for this opportunity; this really is a dream for me,” said Eric Eaton, senior music business major.

The Dirty Guv’nahs’ energized the crowd with their American folk rock music and intricate guitar solos. Bryce Vine followed the southern rock band with his upbeat hip-hop performance and The Apache Relay ended the night with a performance of American folk music that featured strong fiddle and guitar solos.

The event-filled weekend came to a close with the third annual Color Me Berry, a 5k trail run and fun walk. Students and staff followed Berry’s motto of service and philanthropy by participating in the color-blasted fun run to help raise money visually impaired children of Floyd County. Students, faculty and staff explored Berry’s nature trails as they ran through clouds of brightly colored powder.

Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Shannon Cordon and photos by student photographers Lauren Neumann and Sara Leimbach