Mountain Festivities

In late April, Berry College students gathered for a march and battle on the Mountain Campus.

On Friday, the Block and Bridle club hosted the eighth annual Battle on the Mountain bull riding competition. 

“Overall, I’d say that the bull riding competition was the most popular!” said senior Katy Evans, Block and Bridle president. While the bull ride was an all-around crowd pleaser, younger attendees also enjoyed the bouncy house and games.

Battle on the Mountain also gets support from Berry’s Angus enterprise and the Gunby Equine center. With sponsors from all over the Rome, Battle on the Mountain is a community celebration. Local restaurants Fuddruckers and Curly’s BBQ set up food trucks and Heritage Auto Group provided pickup trucks. With more than 1,000 attendees, Battle on the Mountain was a clear success. The proceeds from the event went to both the Rodeo Company for providing the wild and fun bull ride and to Block and Bridle for next October’s spooky Halloween favorite, Scary Berry.

On Saturday, Berry hosted a belated, but festive Grand March. The Grand March is an annual event on Mountain Day where students show unity by walking hand in hand at the foot of Berry's Lavender Mountain. It begins with two students walking abreast,  gradually adding more people. The march is normally held on Mountain Day weekend in October. However, this year it had to be rescheduled due to weather difficulties.

"I am so glad that we kept the tradition alive," said senior Alex Moon. "I didn't think we would be able to pull it off but thanks to student leaders it happened and was a success. It was perfect weather and the SnoCones were prime."

Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Jess Bozeman and photos by student photographers Lauren Neumann and Sara Leimbach