Planet Ping

Ping Center graduate assistants Allyson Caudell (left) and Micailah Brock hold a carved pumpkin at the 2010 event

Photo courtesy of: Ping Center

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"Planet Ping" to take place Friday

Pumpkins, ghosts, black cats – oh my!

The Charles J. Ping Recreation Center is gearing up for another fun-filled Halloween in Athens with the annual "Planet Ping" event, which will be held from 9 p.m.-midnight at the Ping Center on Friday, Oct. 21.

The free event will include pumpkin carving, hayrides to The Ridges, psychic readings, hypnotist shows, and most importantly, food.

"I'm coming for the free food!" senior Adam Hudock said. "Last year, the event was a blast and the food was phenomenal, so I recommend that every student attends this year."

From caramel apples and cider, to a chocolate foundation, "Planet Ping" will have more food than ever before. The menu also includes Wendy's chili, Ponderosa's mac-n-cheese, and Brenen's coffee.

Students and members will also have the opportunity to take home a free pumpkin of their choice.

"We always fill up one of the rooms with pumpkins for people to choose from," said Allison Giehl, special events manager for the Charles J. Ping Recreation Center, "And this year we have over 300 pumpkins! Roommates, families, and friends can all take home a free pumpkin."

"Plant Ping" is part of a series of special events that will be held at the Ping Center throughout the school year. This year's series includes "Rec Fest," which will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, and the annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Ping Center's special events provide students and Ping members the opportunity to socialize in a fun, comfortable and friendly environment.

"Our programs and events encourage students, faculty and staff, and community members to lead healthy lifestyles," said group fitness manager Sabrina Wendly. "Each program offers fun, positive activities for students and members to participate in."

Last year's "Planet Ping" was a success for the recreation center, with more than 100 students in attendance. However, the Ping Center staff is hoping to exceed that number this year.

"The Ping Event Staff works hard to put on a lot of really great events, and their hard work shows when these events are so successful," said group fitness manager Rebecca Koch. "We're hoping this year's event is even more successful than the last."

Giehl agrees that this year will be bigger and better than ever before.

"This year, we've really utilized social media. We've used Twitter and Facebook to get our information out there, so I think this year could be different just due to our access of social media," Giehl said. "We've got pumpkins, activities, and food.

It's just a fun, free night to get you in the Halloween spirit!"

To attend the "Planet Ping" Facebook event, click here.

For more information about "Planet Ping" and other upcoming special events at the Charles J. Ping Recreation Center, click here.