CBU audience ‘wooed’ at talent show
Riverside, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2020) –Residence Life at California Baptist University hosted the 11th annual Woo Fest to a packed house at the Fox Performing Arts Center in downtown Riverside on Feb. 7.
Woo Fest has grown since debuting in 2009, when 230 students watched the inaugural event. At this year’s event, more than 1,600 spectators watched acts perform songs, skits, comedic routines and read poetry.
“Woo Fest started as a tradition years ago where the men at CBU ‘wooed’ the women. It was a living area event and just grew in popularity, and now it is a CBU tradition that we want to keep letting students experience,” said McKenna Liardon, assistant director of Residence Life.
Elsie Parea, a sociology sophomore, said she laughed a lot at the event.
“It was really entertaining watching the guys ‘woo’ the girls with their performances. My favorite part was when a group of guys danced for the crowd and then threw out roses,” Parea said.
Isabella Ayllon, a music education freshman, enjoyed how each performer was interactive in the crowd.
“I really like how the performers interacted with the crowd and invited us to be a part of their performances,” Ayllon said.
Gina Mann, a criminal justice and psychology senior, said this will be her last time attending the event.
“I have gone every year and I am happy to experience one last Woo Fest event,” said Mann. “It’s exciting to be able create memories while hanging out.”