Carnival for all

Addison Crane


Program Board ended the year on a high note with the Club and Org Carnival from 4:30 – 8 p.m. on April 25. The usually quiet North Lawn soon came to life when students flooded the area looking for some free and fun entertainment. Every student who attended was given a ticket voucher for the food trucks that were brought in for the event. The three food trucks present were The Habit Burger Grill, Jackfruit Café, and Kona Ice.

If students wanted to use their voucher at The Habit Burger Grill, they had either a cheeseburger or a veggie burger to choose from with fries and a drink.

Jackfruit Café however, offered students something different. Jackfruit Café is a mobile vegan restaurant specializing in dishes made from jackfruit, a fruit that takes on a similar flavor and consistency as meat when it is cooked. There were several options at this truck: a taco plate that had four jackfruit tacos, buffalo cauliflower wings, a barbeque sandwich with “pulled pork” style jackfruit, and jackfruit nachos with cheese made from cashews. All of the entrées came with chips, except for the cauliflower wings, which came with fries. I chose the taco plate, and it was delicious and a lot more filling than I expected it to be.

For dessert, Kona Ice offered self-serve shaved ice with multiple syrup options, including blue raspberry, lime, mango, and horchata. They also had condensed milk and Tajin seasoning as optional toppings. This seemed to be an especially big hit as tickets for this truck eventually ran out. 

Aside from the food, there were plenty of activities for students to engage in. There were a number of carnival games like the hammer test of strength, arcade-style games, and blow-up obstacle courses. A different club or organization ran each activity. They explained the rules of the activity and handed out tickets to winning students. Tickets could then be put into a raffle for Apple Airpods, a Hydro Flask, a Beats Pill, or an Amazon gift card. The raffle winners were  announced at 7:30 p.m. towards the end of the carnival. 

Students were also able to chill out and watch various forms of entertainment. The headlining act was a band from Washington called The BGP whose sound is described as “Yacht Rock Vibes” according to their Spotify and website. They played all original songs with the exception of the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.” There were also performances by the Whittier College Dance Team and first-year Kanoa Lindiwe, who showed off his juggling skills on stage.