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Not for publication Aug. 11, 1999 -- No. 478


Fall Fest, an alcohol-free street carnival, welcomes UNC-CH students back to campus

9 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 15) to 1 a.m. Monday (Aug. 16)
South Road, near the Frank Porter Graham Student Union,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus

Fall Fest, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s alcohol-free street festival to welcome new and returning students, will take place from 9 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 15) to 1 a.m. Monday (Aug. 16). South Road will be closed near the Frank Porter Graham Student Union for the event.

The enormous block party will include free food, carnival games, and a jam-packed schedule of entertainment featuring live music, step dancing, demonstrations by campus sports clubs and a pep rally with cheerleaders, the UNC Marching Band and several Tar Heel athletes and coaches.

Administrators, faculty and staff will dip ice cream and chat with students, who start classes Aug. 18. Representatives from 65 campus organizations plan to staff information booths.

Organizers of a new campaign, "2 out of 3, .00 BAC" also will be on hand. The campaign, primarily aimed at incoming freshman, uses posters, placards, stickers and small financial rewards to spread the word that 66 percent of Carolina students don’t drink, or drink very little, even on weekend nights.

In 1997, the inaugural Fall Fest attracted more than 5,000 people. Last year’s event was canceled because of rain.

Broadcasters: Fall Fest will offer great visuals and natural sound backdrops for a local cut-in or live shot. Call Karen Moon at 919-962-8595 with specific questions.

Photographers and videographers: Some of the visuals expected Sunday night include a climbing wall, miniature golf course, a drunk-driving simulator, giant inflated slide and pep rally.

Sources: Organizers available for interviews before Aug. 15 include Dr. Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for student affairs, 919-966-3879; and Don Luse, student union director, 919-966-3120. Administrators including Kitchen and Interim Chancellor Bill O. McCoy are expected to be available for interviews on site during the event.

Rain site: In case of rain, Fall Fest will move into Woollen Gym at the corner of South Road and Raleigh Street.

Parking: Media representatives in satellite trucks or marked vehicles may park on sidewalks near Woollen Gym at the intersection of South Road and Raleigh Street. Monitors may ask for media identification. Parking also is available in most South Campus lots.

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News Services broadcast contact: Karen Moon, 919-962-8595

News Services print contacts: Mike McFarland, Karen Stinneford, 919-962-2091