Grove City College drew a enthusiastic crowd on South Broad Street for its annual Homecoming parade, followed by a football game on campus. Town and gown merged this year, with Olde Town Grove City working with GCC for the first Grove Fest during homecoming weekend events. It’s an offshoot of the Autumn Art Walk downtown that ended in 2016 after seven years because of dwindling numbers. The Grove Fest continued the walk’s art element, but added features like a music tent, food and children’s activities to boost its visibility and success during homecoming. Pictured is a bunny statue at the gazebo downtown during a promotion of a children’s book centered around the town, called Bunnies on Broad Street for the fest. Cheerleaders and school bands were in abundance during the parade, including GCC cheerleaders sitting on the top of a Grove City fire department truck and area high school marching bands, and drill teams. Members of GCC’s Greek life, sports teams and graduating classes also marched. The numerous floats in the parade included students in costume having a mock fight on Broad Street with Star Wars movie-style sabers.

FELICIA A. PETRO | Allied News



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