By Sophia Cetina
The whole community is invited to G Fest on April 28 and 29. The fourth annual festival promises to entertain, encourage, inspire, and incite Garnet pride, and brings friends, neighbors, athletes, students – current and former – and their families together for a day of activities and sports.
Among the events planned are: Varsity Baseball, Varsity Softball, and Rugby on Friday, accompanied by two student performances of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” On Saturday, while Rye High students sell refreshments, and Jerry’s provides a hotdog cart, enjoy Varsity Tennis, JV Softball, Varsity Lacrosse, and more.
Although the event sprouted from Rye’s pride in its teens, G Fest has expanded to an all-ages community-enriching experience. Rye High Principal Patricia Taylor says, “It’s a great opportunity to bring together community and high school. By bringing in students that are raising funds, singing, it’s not entirely for athletes. Others are involved and everyone is encouraged to attend.”
In addition to the featured sports exhibitions, enjoy half-time shows, performances, face painting, food vendors, games, and entertainment for all ages.
G Fest is not only a showcase event, but also an opportunity for younger children and underclassmen to cheer on their siblings, role models, and mentors, and learn more about the opportunities available to them. Mrs. Potter, the Osborn School nurse, says, “Many of the kids are excited to see their siblings and friends participate. They idolize the older kids.”
Caroline Teaghe, a first grader at Osborn, is the embodiment of future Garnet pride. “I can’t wait to get my face painted and watch the sports,” she says.
This event is here to inspire all, whether you’re a past RHS parent, an RMS awaiting your turn, or an eternal Rye-Harrison rivalry fan.
G Fest highlights the elements of sportsmanship that benefit all of us. “It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the character and success of our athletes,” says RHS Athletic Director Michael Arias.
While the famous Rye-Harrison game might be the biggest draw of the year, G Fest has become the unifying phenomenon for the community. As the saying goes, “It’s great to be a Garnet.” Garnet Pride T-shirts and the red-and-black “G” lawn signs that stand proudly on so many lawns prove that G-Fest is a Rye-wide celebration. On April 28 and 29, come show your support and community pride.