With Fest Season among us, brilliant quotes from loose-lipped fest goers accompany the always-unflattering photos splayed on the papers’ front pagesand on social media sites for years to come. Most epically in the past few years, we have:
“It used to just be doing drugs and walking around town... You’d trip and get crazy and go see what everybody else was wearing.” -Jonathan Holmberg, Chairman of the Athens Clean and Safe Halloween Committee, Halloween, 2009
Student Senate President, Robert Leary said the scene "could best be described as tribal: a large fire with people standing around chanting." Palmerfest, 2009
"I enjoyed the mud, the blood and the booze," - Junior Heath Urbaniak, 8Fest 2011
“I can’t believe I have to wait another 364 days for this,” OSU student, Halloween, 2009
Drunk, or Athens?
Since 2008, OU has grown from fifth in the nation for partying to first, extended Palmerfest into a two-day event with the addition of Palmer Place Fest, and saw the flourishing of the number fests, which grew to nearly 5,000 in attendance.
It could be that “oasis of freedom” feeling in Athens, but likely it’s that oasis of beer that is running through these people’s bloodstreams that incites this kind of quote.