First Ever Bethel Blast Draws Huge Crowd


A free Renaissance concert was part of the first ever Bethel Blast -- an event that kicked off the fall 2010 school year.

Bethel Blast, a family-filled event for the community and for Bethel students, was held this past Saturday, Aug. 21, on the school’s McKenzie campus. Bethel Blast kicked off Bethel University’s fall 2010 semester and welcomed incoming freshmen and returning students with much fanfare.
     Vendors from the community provided dinner and specialty desserts. C.B.’s BBQ and McGees’ Mobile BBQ of Huntingdon, Big Daddy’s BBQ and Bob’s BBQ of McKenzie and Hungry Wolf BBQ in Paris each showcased their BBQ, and Flippen’s Fruit Farm in Troy, The Sweetest Batch Cupcakery in Clarksville and Udderly Delicious Dairy Desserts of Murray, Ky., provided specialty desserts.
     Other community vendors provided carnival style games and giveaways. They included: Carroll Bank & Trust; E.W. James; Domino’s Pizza; AT&T; Regions Bank; Charter; Spirit Lake; Quick Lube & Car Wash; McTee’s; Elevations Salon; Caldwell & Gregory; Tropical Tan; McKenzie Banking Company; City Florist; Avalon Hospice; Aseracare Hospice; TENNdercare Hospice; Carroll County Health Department; Sam’s Club; and McKenzie National Guard.
     Bethel organizations that provided games and activities included: Admissions; Residence Life; Circle K; Bethel Beacon; Bethel Golf; Lambda Sigma; Phi Delta; Alpha Phi Sigma; Zeta Delta Tau; Delta Phi Nu; Kappa Kappa Psi/ Psi Theta Phi; Psi Gamma Phi; Zeta Nu theta; Kappa Phi Rho; Beta Sigma Rho; Bethel Cheerleaders; Bethel Fishing; Bethel Women’s Soccer; Bethel Student Health Clinic; Arete; Bethel Dance Team; Bethel Football; Bethel Library; Bethel Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); Bethel Bowling, Bethel University Fitness Society and Baptist Christian Ministries.
     A free concert by Bethel’s Renaissance choir and marching band and the unveiling of the newly made over Wildcat Mascot, “Claws,” were also part of the evening. During the concert coaches from each of Bethel’s athletic teams were introduced.
     Following the concert, a fireworks show was presented by High Tech Special Effects of Eads.