Utah Tech organizations join together to host annual Spring Fest

Utah Tech University’s annual Trailblazer Nation Spring Fest will take place March 28 at 5:30 p.m. on the Encampment Mall. There will be carnival-like activities, a scavenger hunt, live music, food trucks and an Easter egg hunt providing entertainment for everyone. | Photo courtesy of UMAC.

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Utah Tech University’s Trailblazer Nation Spring Fest is March 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Encampment Mall. 

Spring Fest features a combination of activities at booths and an adult Easter egg hunt called the Golden Egg Scavenger Hunt.

Before Spring Fest was an event, the Alumni Association started an Easter egg hunt for faculty, staff and their families.

John Bowler, director of alumni relations, said the purpose of this egg hunt was to let faculty and staff know the Alumni Association is happy to have them here at Utah Tech. 

Because the Alumni Association started the Easter egg hunt, University Events wanted to create Spring Fest in collaboration with the Alumni Association.

“That’s kind of where the whole Spring Fest came from is we were doing something, and other people were doing things,” Bowler said. “We said let’s just make this one big party kind of thing.”

The Alumni Association has been hosting the children’s Easter egg hunt for over 10 years, and Spring Fest started thereafter. 

Bowler said the children’s egg hunt is over in about five minutes. It starts at 6 p.m. and they are done by 6:05 p.m.

“It’s a blast, it’s a very funny, fun, event and we always keep some for the late-comers,” Bowler said.

The children’s Easter egg hunt will be split into different locations around campus, varying from ages 1-15 years old. Currently, University Events hosts the Golden Egg Scavenger Hunt where adults can participate. 

This scavenger hunt for adults and students starts at 7 p.m. with lineup at 6:45 p.m. According to the Spring Fest website, the golden egg hunt will result in winning big prizes. It is required to sign up for this hunt and costs $15 to register. Participants must be 16 years old or older. 

Spring Fest is similar to a carnival feel, but unlike Homecoming and D-Week carnivals, Spring Fest does not have a prize tent. They have booths with activities, but Bowler said there won’t be hundreds of people trying to get their prizes at a prize tent. Live music and food trucks will also be in attendance.

Alumni Association, STEM Outreach, Utah Tech Student Association, Center for Inclusion and Belonging, Utah Tech Athletics and University Events and Promotions will have booths at Spring Fest.

Jessica Davis, director of College of Science, Engineering and Technology outreach, said one STEM booth will have individuals make ink-blot Easter eggs.

Madison Clark, STEM outreach community events coordinator, said another STEM activity will include a bouncing bunny cup activity. 

“We will be talking about the science behind it, and we will have our big catapult there as well,” Clark said. 

Clark, along with other STEM students, have been in charge of inventing and proofing the concepts for the activity booths. They will also be running their booths during Spring Fest. As the STEM events coordinator, Clark oversees the final plan, which includes staffing and supply acquisition. 

“The STEM Outreach Center tries to attend as many community outreach UT events as possible, so we volunteered,” Clark said.

The schedule and maps for Trailblazer Nation Spring Fest can be found online.