MARQUETTE — Students at Northern Michigan University (NMU) started school again on Monday, August 27.

They kicked off their first day of school with some mingling and free food.

The annual Fall Fest was hosted on the University Center Lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is put on as an opportunity for students to find out more about student organizations, volunteer agencies, and local businesses.

“It’s really important for us to be here because we like to showcase what the NMU students in the community can do within our building, programs, and facility” said Intramural Sports and Outdoor Recreation Manager, Chris Smith. “My favorite part about NMU Fall Fest is getting to see the new students coming back on campus for the first time and introducing them to all of our programs.”

The organizations, volunteer agencies, and local businesses also see it as a great place to get their name out.

Fall fest is considered an ‘opportunity fair’ and is the place to be on the first day of school.