The Fall Festival is back in full force with food, fun and fellowship


Bethel welcomes alumni and friends to its annual fall festival, with most of the events taking place on campus on Saturday, October 8th.

For a full Fall Festival schedule, visit

The Fall Festival begins October 6 with Taste of Newton, a Bethel collaboration with the City of Newton and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. downtown.

In addition to a wide variety of food from local restaurants, caterers, and church and civic groups, there is live entertainment including Jazz from Bethel and Newton High School, Newton Community Children’s Choir, Sound of the Heartland Chorus, Martial Artists, Danza Reyna del Tepeyac and other music and dance performances.

North Newton artist Glen Ediger’s ‘Environmental Exposures’ exhibition is open at the Regier Art Gallery at the Luyken Fine Arts Center throughout the weekend, including Thursday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm 4 p.m

The opening reception will take place on October 7th from 6pm to 8pm in the gallery.

Also on October 7th is the 16th Annual STEM Symposium, this year honoring psychology professor emeritus Paul Lewis.

Bethel graduate and school psychologist Jennifer Steinmetz of Portland, Oregon, will open the symposium at 11 a.m. in the Krehbiel Auditorium at the Luyken Fine Arts Center and speak on “School Psychology: A Career That Makes a Difference.”

At 1:00 p.m. in the Krehbiel Auditorium, a panel of three Bethel Psychology graduate students who now work outside of psychology will share their experiences: Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, executive director of the Rural Schools Collaborative in western Illinois; Matt Stucky, software engineer at Intrust Bank, Wichita; and Sierra Williamson, a school social worker in Olathe, Kan.

The closing event of the STEM Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 9 a.m. in the Administration Building Chapel with a presentation by Laurie McLouth, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine at Lexington.

The Fall Festival is calm in the country by Anne Chislett, which follows a young Amish man in Canada during World War I who struggles with competing desires to serve his country and follow the peace position of his church community.

The play begins on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows on October 8 at 3:30 p.m. and October 9 at 2 p.m., all at the Krehbiel Auditorium.

Tickets are available online at, at the Thresher Shop at the Schultz Student Center during regular business hours, or at the Luyken Fine Arts Center ticket office one hour before each performance (subject to availability).

On October 8, the Kauffman Museum’s monthly bird walk begins at 8 a.m. in the museum parking lot. Experienced local birders will guide you on an approximately hour-long walk through Chisholm Park (paved) and on the Sand Creek Trail (woodchip).

Food, craft and information stands from students, alumni and local organizations will be open on and around the green in the middle of campus from 8 am.

The Bethel College Women’s Association “Market in the Round” at the Luyken Fine Arts Center offers baked goods, crafts and special Bethel College items for sale. There are places outside to buy New Year’s cookies, homemade cakes in slices, and beef borsch and Zwiebach, with all proceeds benefiting Bethel.

Other food offerings on the green include hot dogs, kettle corn, verenike, breakfast burritos, cinnamon buns and more.

On the outdoor Prairie Sky Stage are the Newton Community Children’s Choir, 9am; a quick look at the literary magazine Bethel JAWP! fall edition, 9:30; Bethel a cappella ensembles Woven (women) and Open Road (men), 10 and 10:30; Lori Dreier, 11; Newton High School Jazz, noon; and Bethel jazz groups from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

The children’s park is open north of the advertising building from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and offers art activities, games and more.

Musicians and dancers from the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) will perform in Centennial Plaza in front of Memorial Hall at 10 a.m. and the Newton Azteca Dancers at 1 p.m. (no rain).

A special memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on the north lawn of the Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Grieving, Celebrating and Loving Seth – Exploring Unexpected Paths and Connections on the Mysterious Journey of Remembering contains poems and reflections on the life and death of Seth Dunn, a student who died in an accident in 2011, from his father Larry Dunn , and Bethel Professor of Communication Arts Christine Crouse-Dick.

The Kauffman Museum’s special exhibit is “The Magic of Things: 5 Continents, 25 Centuries, 125 Years of Collecting.”

The opening hours of the Autumn Festival Museum are from Thursday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On October 8 at 1:30 p.m., Mark Jantzen, Bethel History Professor, will speak on “The Oldest Books in the Bethel Library”—cuneiform tablets more than 4,000 years old.

At 16:00 the groundbreaking ceremony for the new dressing room at Thresher Stadium will be held near the Göringhalle and stadium, followed by a tailgate barbecue (tickets must be purchased in advance).

Bethel meets Southwestern College for the homecoming football game at 6:00 p.m

Inductees into the Bethel Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame will receive awards at halftime in the football game: 1999 women’s volleyball team, longtime track and field coach and driving force behind Bethel’s athletic training program, Russ Graber, who will receive the Meritorious Service Award.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and is ranked 14th in the Washington Monthly List of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges” and #24 in the US News & World Report Best Regional Colleges Midwest rankings, both for 2022-23. Bethel is the only college or university in Kansas to be designated a Campus Center for Truth, Race Healing and Transformation (TRHT). Visit for more information


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