For many students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, CAFNR week is a time to hang out with friends and have a good time. It is an annual event that most look forward to and freshmen are excited to experience.
While the schedule this year featured some new and different events, the CAFNR Week Steering Committee worked hard to also hold on to much loved traditions. Ultimately, they created a week of fun opportunities to explore what the college has to offer.
“I have really enjoyed being on a committee with other students who care so much about our college,” said Steering Committee member and science and agricultural journalism major Victoria Lock. “We have met week after week discussing what we can change or make better and it has been such a great opportunity to watch CAFNR Week 2016 develop before my eyes.”
This year, the week kicked off with a concert instead of closing with this fun event. Corey Smith was the headliner, and the performance was held outside The Blue Note in downtown Columbia.
The Peterson Farm Brothers attended the CAFNR Alumni Bonfire singing some of their parodies of popular songs and talking about advocating for agriculture.
Monday, Sept. 19, was the mud volleyball tournament held at Trowbridge Livestock Center.
The Heidelberg was the location for trivia night, which was also philanthropy night. The Steering Committee sold raffle tickets for a Yeti cooler, and the proceeds will go to Invest an Acre, an organization that encourages farmers to donate a portion of their crops to help fight hunger in their communities. Invest an Acre will double the donation that will then go to local food banks.
“We chose this organization because we felt it gave back to the community but also was connected to agriculture,” said Betsy Smith, sophomore agriculture business major and member of the Steering Committee.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, is comedy night at Rose Music Hall, and Brad Ellis will be the main act.
“It is always a hilarious and an exciting event,” Smith said. She expects the night to have the same turn out despite the change of location from Deja Vu, which recently closed.
Wrapping up the week is the Thursday night movie, a new event this year. The movie selected is “Dog Lover,” and is about an animal rights activist who poses as a college intern to investigate possible abuse on a dog breeding farm.
“We thought it would be a good way to tell the story of safe animal care and that an opinion can always be changed when the truth is present,” Smith said.
Members of the Steering Committee hope everyone involved with CAFNR will continue to take part in this week and enjoy the fun events remaining Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
“CAFNR Week is a chance each year for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’s students, faculty, staff and alumni to be celebrated,” Lock said.