ICC hosts annual Grub Day

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 04:45 AM

Lady Gaga, Elvis and Shirley Temple look-a-likes came out for Isothermal Community College's (ICC) celebrity-themed Grub Day on Thursday.

"It's a tradition that goes back as far as I know at Isothemal. When it first started it was a day for people to wear their grubby clothes, dress down and have casual fun," said Mike Gavin, director of marketing and community relations. "We are also in full swing for the fall semester so it's a good time for students and instructors to blow off a little bit of steam."

The day, which is sponsored by the student government association (SGA) included laser tag, a cake walk, tug-o-war, sack races, disc golf, cornhole and food provided by Old Blue's Cafe. There were also several club fundraisers including one for the Racing Performance and Metal Works club (RPM). They had a dunk tank and took donations from anyone who wanted to try their hand at hitting the target to go toward a project called Filling Santa's Shoes.

"We are trying to raise money for Rutherford County families for Christmas. The money will go to buy toys for children that will hopefully be distributed here at the school," said Rachelle West, president of RPM. "We are starting a contest next week for students to vote on which instructor or staff member they want to wear a Santa suit. They will donate money to vote."

The event began at 11:30 a.m. with live music from the Folsom Prison Gang and the Flying Saucers. It is also one of the two days out of the year that fishing is allowed at Lake Imogene.

The day ended with a celebrity look-a-like contest. Savannah Bell aka "Shirley Temple" took home first place. Awards were also given to winners of a scarecrow decorating contest. The Phi Theta Kappa won first with their scarecrow modeled after Miley Cyrus. They received $100 for the prize.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to mingle with faculty and staff in a social setting," said Ruth Colnot, student activities coordinator. "We have something for everyone and everything is student-led."