As an incoming student the amount of clubs, activities, sports and community volunteer options in Bellingham can be overwhelming. Luckily, the Associated Students hosts the annual Info Fair to help new and returning students get a sample of what Western and the greater community has to offer.
This year’s Info Fair will take place on Monday, Sept. 24th and Tuesday, Sept. 25th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Red Square. The event is open and free for all Western students.
There will be over 300 clubs, vendors, local businesses and nonprofits present at this year’s Info Fair. While some vendors and businesses will not be present both days of the fair, Red Square Info Fair Coordinator, Jordan Renshaw, said that the two days are filled with activities and content.
“You go there to find out about the community and Bellingham, but it’s more than just people handing out brochures,” Renshaw said. “It is a way for new students to find interest.”
While the Info Fair has been around for many years, Renshaw said that there are changes to this year’s event.
An area called Viking Territory will be located next to Wilson Library. This area will hold all of Western’s athletics, as well as organizations and groups within the Wade King Recreation Center such as intramural programs.
Another area, Elections 101, will consist of political candidates, clubs, and advocates for certain referendums. The area was created this year in order to provide a space where attendees can go to receive political information instead of having the political clubs and candidates dispersed throughout the event.
Polly Woodbury attended Info Fair last year as a new Western student, and said that attending the event gave her an idea of what was happening around campus and the community.
“A lot of the tables I went to really interested me at first, but what really resonated with me was the connections and personalities of each person at the table,” Woodbury said.
Renshaw said that the Info Fair is the first big event of the year and serves as an introduction to Western for new students.
“From my perspective as the coordinator, it’s really important to make sure that impression is crazy good and make sure it’s the best it can be to present our school in the best possible light,” Renshaw said.