Rec the Ravine kicked off the school year on Thursday Aug. 28. Students gathered at the Ravine for the free food, music and plenty of activities.

“It really showcases campus rec,” said Casey Higgins, an event volunteer. “It highlights what we offer. A lot of the students don’t know about all the things that we offer.”

New activities this year included cornhole, kan jam, blow up sumo, a dunking booth and a massage booth.

Blow up sumo attracted a crowd as two participants donned giant blow up balls and ran into each other to try and knock the other out of the ring, usually ending in a humorous way.

Domino’s, Jimmy John’s, Cane’s and Bluegrass Kettle Master’s brought free food, as long as you were willing to wait in lines. One of the longest lines extended from the bottom of the Ravine to the top.

“Free t-shirts and food, what more do you need,” said Baily Leuthner, a sophomore from Taylor Mill.

“I like that there is a lot of free food from a variety of vendors,” said Ethan Ross, a graduate student from Ashland.

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Lines were long for the Kona Ice trucks, as well as other stations at the event. Photo credit: Dan Klapheke

President Benson made an appearance to honor and take a selfie with the club baseball team, who won the national title last year.

Kristina Fischer, a junior from Taylor Mill, said she thinks Benson should be more involved next year.

“It would be cool to have a selfie booth with president Benson,” Fischer said.

Zumba and a cycling class were hosted onstage, along with a live band.

“I attempted to do Zumba,” said Caitlyn Hemmer, a junior from Crescent Springs. “It was pretty embarrassing but a lot of fun.”

The event was a hit to all of the students that attended.

“I was a fun time,” said Hemmer. “And if you missed it, that sucks.”

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Colburn Montgomery, Sophomore, from Frankfort, glides down the slip and slide. Photo credit: Dan Klapheke

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A student hangs from her harness at the tree climbing station. Photo credit: Dan Klapheke

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Students gathered in the Ravine for the third annual Rec the Ravine Photo credit: Dan Klapheke