Gray skies and brisk winds kept babies bundled in their strollers and older folks huddled around small open fires during Anderson University’s Street Fair.
University Boulevard was transformed Saturday into a festive wiener roast filled with vendors, savory hamburgers and plump hot dogs on the grill as old and new alumni spent the day enjoying the festivities associated with AU’s Homecoming. [Photo: Will Riley takes his turn in the dunk tank at the Avanti Boosters booth during Anderson University's Homecoming Street Fair on Saturday.]
Standing among the vendors was Lewis Klinger. He was holding a clear plastic baggie partially filled with water and — a goldfish.
“He’s a fishcicle,” Lewis Klinger said carefully looking through the bag at the fish who appeared unfazed by the cold temperatures outside.
Lewis Klinger is not an alumni of Anderson University, but his new bride did attend the university and the couple spent the morning talking with friends and enjoying the festivities.
“I am not a fish person,” Cassie Klinger said frowning down at the bobbing goldfish.
Cassie Klinger said she became the owner of the goldfish after stopping at one of the many tables lining the street to donate money to a student group. She just wanted to donate $2, but students insisted her donation required a toss of three ping pong balls into bowls of water.
“My ball landed in the water the first try,” she said with a sigh.
Lewis Klinger was thrilled with his wife’s luck.
“I like it,” he said.
Cassie Klinger said the couple already has two dogs and two cats, and Lewis Klinger has two fish. She told her husband they should donate the goldfish to her grandmother.
Nearby, Sarah Jeffers, 24, and Amy Brule, 21, caught up on old times.
Jeffers graduated in May and is now a nurse. Brule is still in the nursing program but the former roommates were excited to catch up.
“We keep in touch on Facebook and things,” Jeffers said. “But I love the fact that I have built relationships and met people I would have never met otherwise.”
The girls laughed at some of the memories they have made while at the university and Brule said she plans to watch the homecoming football game.
The girls recommended many festivities for those who might be attending the event for the first time, especially when it comes to food on such a cold day.
"Make sure to have some white chicken chili from the fair commons booth,” Jeffers said.
— Traci Moyer is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Photo: Don Knight. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.