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Each fall, Elmira College brings the community together with its family-friendly Octagon Fair. Hosted by the Offices of Alumni Engagement and Campus Life, this year’s event will take place during EC Family weekend, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23.
The event features creative games for children, craft booths, handmade items, performances, and food trucks. Admission is free and community members, EC students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni are all welcome to attend. Visit the Elmira College Octagon Fair on Facebook to check out vendors attending this year’s event.
"Octagon Fair is one of the most beloved EC traditions. The fair has a rich Elmira history that spans 55 years. This event is a tremendous opportunity to welcome the greater Elmira community to our beautiful campus and engage with our students, their families, EC alumni, and EC employees,” said Sydney Stringham ’19, MSEd ’21, MS '23, Director of Alumni Engagement at EC. “Our alumni often share their fond memories from previous Octagon Fairs and how much they look forward to the event each year. We welcome everyone to come out to support our students and our community vendors. There is something for everyone at the fair!"
Throughout the main campus area, attendees will find EC students selling items and organizing activities, crafts, and games to raise money for their clubs. Some of the clubs and organizations, like the EC Danceline, will hold live performances. Local community vendors will sell their crafts and food trucks will have tasty treats to eat.
Special this year, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 40Theeves, featuring Dr. Joe Lemak, Director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies & Assistant Professor of History, and Dr. Dan Kjar, Associate Professor of Biology, will play live on the Campus Center Portico in the center of campus.
The EC Alumni Board awards student club monetary prizes for best presentations while hosting their own fundraisers to raise funds for alumni activities.