The annual Welcome Back WKU Festival put on by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, had students flocking to the south lawn on the university's campus. Participants moved from booth to booth shaking hands and meeting employees from businesses around Bowling Green. Business people said they enjoyed the community connection of the event while students said they liked the free stuff.
"College is expensive, groceries are expensive, and I don't have any cups. I got some cups today, which is pretty nice. I got some koozies, which I never had." said WKU freshmen, Alex Gibbs and Rose Damron.
"It's a good opportunity for us to get to see some faces we wouldn't get to see otherwise. It's a good day for Western (Kentucky University) to have this every year." commented Brian Webb, Vice President of Regina Webb Salon & Spa.
Employers weren't just giving away items at the event, they were also looking for future employees. Many students say the representatives at each booth made them feel at home and a part of the Bowling Green community.