RaiderFest comes to town to celebrate semester

As the semester comes to a close, RaiderFest is here to end the year with a bang. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, RaiderFest will be held in Commuter Lot C7, across from the H. Ric Luhr’s Performing Arts Center.

The program will include events and activities such as National Guard Rock Wall, face painting, carnival games and food, airbrush pillowcases and tattoos, photos with Big Red and even more. Also, if participants play the carnival games, there is a chance to win prizes such as Ship Gear, gift cards, Beats by Dre, a Kindle Fire and even more.

Lunch will be closed at Reisner that day, but will be provided at the outdoor hockey rink from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For SU students with a meal plan and kids 10 and under, the meal is free. For the general public, and students without a meal plan, the cost is $8. For non-Shippensburg students and kids over the age of 10, pricing is $4.

Student groups who will be participating in the event are; P.O.T.T.E.R, Quidditch Club, Lambda Chi Alpha, Student Senate, Kappa Delta Phi, Social Work Organization, SU Marching Band, School of Academic Programs & Services, Circle K, SU Homecoming Committee, Ski & Snowboard Club, REACT, The Slate and Mini-Thon.

The sponsors of RaiderFest are as follows: Shippensburg University Bookstore, PSECU, Madision / Brookside / & Creekside Court Apartments, Bard Townhouses, The National Guard, Meadows Frozen Custard of Chambersburg, Red Robin, Cluggys Family Amusement Center, and Chartwells Dining Services.

To participate in these events and activities, participants will need a punch card. The first card is free to Shippensburg University students, but $3 for the second card and beyond. Punch cards for non-Shippensburg students with IDs and children will also be $3. For the general public, the tickets will cost $5.

This year, the money from these events will be going to the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation. This foundation was organized after 3 1/2-year-old Drew Taylor died in a car accident and his family was left to grieve. This inspired the book “I Miss My Brother” written by his older sister, who at the time was 7, and her father. Instead of trying to work through the grief alone, after the book was written, the family took this and created an organization that is built on “providing educational opportunities and grief and loss support programs for children, teens and their families.” While the foundation says this on its website, it also has a schedule of events and a more in-depth look at what else the foundation does at

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