ArgoFest to include in-person events as UWF community celebrates Argo spirit
After a year of virtual events, the UWF community will come together to celebrate its Argo Spirit during ArgoFest. Presented by the UWF Homecoming Executive Board, ArgoFest will be held March 15-20 with in-person, virtual and hybrid events.
“We know how important it is for students to feel connected to each other and the University,” said Dr. Benjamin Stubbs, director of Student Engagement. “The University has done a really good job fostering connections through services like those offered by Recreation and University Commons, but having events can be a really valuable contribution to the college experience, providing students with lasting memories and connections. ArgoFest is shaping up to deliver on some of our favorite traditions that we missed out on in the fall.”
Festivities kick off on Monday, March 15, with Transform-Fest as teams will decorate the campus in UWF blue and green. The Homecoming Court will be revealed and the weeklong Golden Fleece Scavenger Hunt will commence. Golden Fleece stickers and other items will be placed around campus and the community for students to find and win prizes donated from the UWF Bookstore.
Other ArgoFest events include comedy and music shows, along with food truck vendors across Pensacola providing samples and discounts to alumni, students, faculty and staff. ArgoFest will conclude on Saturday, March 20, with the annual Dance Marathon. The 2020 Mr. and Miss UWF will be announced during the event.
“When we were planning ArgoFest, we said, ‘what is something a lot of people are missing?’” said senior Tommy Judd, executive director of UWF Homecoming. “A lot of festivals had been canceled, such as music festivals and food festivals, so we thought, how can we bring that into one week? We have many students who live far from campus, so we also wanted to make sure we gave them every avenue possible to share their Argo pride and spirit and really celebrate with us.”
Judd said he is confident the UWF community will enjoy each of the events, but Comedy Fest is his pick to be the favorite. Comedy Fest will be hosted at Blue Wahoos Stadium on Thursday, March 18. Tickets will be available to a limited number of UWF students and a Zoom link will be provided for others to view the performances virtually.
“We are extremely excited about what we’ve put together,” Judd said. “The board has been working tirelessly for the past nine months to give the students something to look forward to, some normality to express their Argo pride and spirit.”
For more information about ArgoFest, visit uwf.edu/argofest.