Hoptoberfest brings pumpkin picking, other fall festivities to JHU campus

On a crisp autumn day at the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, students flocked to the site of a pick-your-own-pumpkin and produce patch to celebrate the change of season and mark the arrival of Hoptoberfest, the university's annual fall festival.

Pumpkins sprawled across the Freshman Quad and crafty students adorned them with goofy Jack-O-Lantern stickers and custom creations. A local farm supplied the pumpkins and barrels filled with apples ripe for picking. Members of the Hoptoberfest committee dished out fall fare—donuts, cookies, and slices of fresh-baked apple pie—to be enjoyed while gathering around on stacks of hay.

The pumpkin patch kicked off a week-long series of fall festivities on campus. On Monday, students sipped on wine for a make-your-own-mulled-wine class, followed by the big kick-off party on The Beach. Other popular events include a concert by We the Kings concert on Thursday that will bring local Baltimore food trucks to campus, and a local beer tasting Tuesday sponsored by the Senior Class Council and Director of Dining Bill Connor.

Hoptoberfest is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting school spirit. "We on the staff are really trying to brighten up everyone's fall semester and usher in the fall with some fun events and free food," said junior Gavi Rawson, director of marketing for Hoptoberfest.

For a full schedule of Hoptoberfest events, check out the Facebook page or download the mobile app.

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