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Best Fest in the West

Edited by Elizabeth Strauch, '04

Then & NowCrisis of faith

Since its inception in the spring of 1987, and through all kinds of weather, Springfest provided fun before finals and goofiness before saying goodbye for the semester. Depending on whom you ask, it's the stuff of legend. This May, after 25 years, Springfest transformed into Spokane Block Party and moved to The Service Station, a local coffeehouse and event center. The celebration recognized the efforts of students and the Spokane community to help end human trafficking through Unite, a student-led movement that has educated the Whitworth community throughout the year about this injustice and how to advocate against it. Though the cotton candy, dunk tanks, flying pies, music, races and pageantry may seem like nothing more than sweet pieces of nostalgia, Springfest - now the Spokane Block Party - has proven to be a glorious celebration of what Whitworthians can accomplish as a community.

Charities supported

Amid the tomfoolery, Springfest has always sought to help charities that were close to students' hearts. A few of the beneficiaries:

  • RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
  • SPOKANE FOOD BANK
  • CROSSWALK
    HOSPICE OF SPOKANE
  • CITY GATE
  • CUP OF COOL WATER
  • PARKINSON'S RESEARCH (in memory of math professor Howard Gage, '62)
  • SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
  • BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SPOKANE
  • AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
  • MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY
  • GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD
  • CHRIST KITCHEN
  • JAMAICA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
  • BELIEVE
 

Thoughts from former Mr. Whitworths
One event known always to draw a crowd at Springfest is the Mr. Whitworth competition. Beau Chevassus, Mr. Whitworth '06, reflects on what clinched the title for him:
Joanne's dad, Chuck Friedenstein, helps her
"During the second chorus of I'm Blue, curiously handsome backup dancers Eric Fredriksen and Gavin Jamieson, both '07, swooped onto the stage to support their Mr. Whitworth candidate (me), who was painted bright blue from head to toe."

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