Bethel Blast is This Weekend

Bethel Blast, a family-filled event for the community and for Bethel students is this Saturday, Aug. 21. Bethel Blast that will kick off the university’s fall 2010 semester, according to President Bob Prosser.
     “We are very excited about this event,” said Prosser. “It’s a celebration for a number of things: the end of our freshman orientation and the beginning of our classes on Aug. 23. It’s really the community vendors’ way of embracing our students – of starting off a new year by providing food and a great evening to them.”
Prosser said the event will begin at 4 p.m. in the courtyard of the McKenzie campus.
     “There will be vendors from the community, and we’re going to have BBQ that will be served by local vendors beginning at 5:30,” he said.
     C.B.’s BBQ in Huntingdon, Hungry Wolf in Paris, and Big Daddy’s BBQ and Bob’s BBQ in McKenzie will be showcasing their BBQ at the event.
     Other vendors who will be serving their specialties are Flippen’s out of Troy, who will have their famous fried pies on hand, and the Sweetest Batch, a cupcake store out of Clarksville. Homemake ice cream will also be available.
     “A showcase event will be a free concert at Wildcat Park Baseball Field by our Renaissance choir at 7:30. This is an event where we encourage families to bring their lawn chairs or a blanket and find a spot to enjoy the concert.”
     According to Prosser, the event will also be a meet and greet of Bethel athletic teams and coaches.
     “We feel really good about our student athletes – of their abilities to excel in their respective sports, and we want to get the community excited about this great group of young people as well.
     “It’s just going to be a great family evening,” Prosser said, “one where we will also unveil our newly made over Wildcat mascot, and the night will end with a short fireworks show.”
     Other activities will include a Wildcat Men’s Soccer Game at 4 p.m. (they will be hosting Southern Polytechnic State University at Wildcat Soccer Complex on College Drive); and a free swim extravaganza at Gaines Pool in Baker Fieldhouse from noon until 3 p.m. earlier that day.
     Parking will be in the lots at Wildcat Stadium and adjacent to the Dickey Fine Arts Building as well as at the McKenzie Middle School and the McKenzie City Park. Shuttles will run periodically throughout the evening to and from the off-campus locations.
     For more information about Bethel Blast, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at