Southern Fall Festival a home run for seminary staff, students, alumni


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s largest annual event provided carnival rides, food and fireworks for the seminary community on Sept. 10. This year’s theme was "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

Expectations for the event this year were high, with a projected 5,000 to 6,000 attendees.

“Last year’s (Fall Festival) was canceled, so that’s why there’s so much enthusiasm around this,” said Dylan Eagle, director of events at Southern. “In a normal year, it’s special. But I think after what we’ve been through in the last year and a half, it just makes this one all the more special for students and their families.”

The festival featured events in the form of nine innings throughout the evening—the kids dizzy bat kicked off the evening as the first  inning, the kids mascot race served as the fourth inning, and the professor home run derby final round was the ninth  inning. In addition to participating in these events, attendees snacked on hotdogs, rode carnival rides, and closed out the evening with fireworks.

Eagle said Fall Festival serves as a time to gather the entire seminary community and give students the opportunity to fellowship.

“The Lord’s blessed us with so many students and families from around the world that it’s so rare that we all get to be together at one any given time,” Eagle added. “The heart behind this (event)  was to give an opportunity for the students, staff members (and) their families to come out for one evening and have a wonderful time of fellowship and enjoyment.”

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