BHSU invites the community to attend Campus Community Fair & BBQ

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, August 18, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Black Hills State University invites the community to attend the Community Campus Fair &amp BBQ on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center Field House.  




Black Hills State University invites the community to help welcome students back on campus during the Community Campus Fair &amp BBQ this week.

The Community Campus Fair &amp BBQ is Sunday, Aug. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center Field House. The fair showcases University organizations, local businesses and community organizations who signed up for a booth. Local businesses have until Tuesday, Aug. 18 to register a booth at no cost. Booth registration can be done online at

A variety of activities will be offered, including a photo booth, and a BBQ will be catered by A&rsquoViands, BHSU dining services. Tickets for the BBQ are $7 each.

The fair is an excellent opportunity to not only welcome students back to campus, but to introduce students to the community of Spearfish, said Jessie Gramm, student engagement and programming intern and business administration-tourism major from Burlington, Colo.

Nearly 50 booths are registered for this year&rsquos fair, which is a significant increase from past fairs, said Erica Whitiker, student engagement and program coordinator at BHSU said.

"It&rsquos a fantastic welcoming event to see this many community and student organizations and businesses not only greet the students, but to meet the new faculty and staff, as well," Whitiker said. It&rsquos a great opportunity to display our resources."

Gramm attended the Campus Community Fair &amp BBQ her freshman year, and remembers the comradery she felt at the event.

"There was a group of us from my dorm that went to the fair. We talked, hung out and learned what interests we had," Gramm said. "During the fair is how I met my core group of friends I have at BH."

Mesh bags will be handed out to attendees including both the BHSU and Spearfish city logo. Whitiker said the theme of the event is showing how the University and community mesh together, developing one big community.

"To be able to have the support of our community makes a student&rsquos experience at BHSU even greater," Gramm said. "Students know they have resources outside of campus. In Spearfish, we&rsquore just one big family."

The Community Campus Fair is part of Green and Gold Days, a two-week event when students move-in to their residence halls that offers activities each day for new and returning students to get to know the campus, fellow students and Spearfish community. Student move-in day is Saturday, Aug. 22 and classes begin Monday, Aug. 24.

Community members are invited to wear their bright BHSU T-Shirts, which were used for the BHSU night at Downtown Friday Nights, to welcome new students and their families to Spearfish. For those that do not have a T-shirt, email In lieu of payment for the T-shirts, consider making a donation to the Spearfish Food Pantry. BHSU supporters raised more than $1,100 to the Spearfish Food Pantry with the BHSU Night at Downtown Friday Nights in Spearfish.

For more information on the Community Campus Fair, email Erica Whitiker at or Jessie Gramm at For a full schedule of Green and Gold Days events, visit

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