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High Fest 2015 rowdier than Mill Fest

Post stringer compiles some of the more interesting moments from this year's High Fest.

Some Ohio University students will tell you that Bobcats party rain or shine. But the 2015 edition of High Fest proved a little sunshine brings students out earlier and in greater numbers.

The light breeze and sun that characterized High Fest this year stood in stark contrast to the yard bogs and sub-60 degree temperatures of Mill Fest last weekend, and students took notice.

Groups of fest-goers filled porches before noon but as the day dragged on, parties spilled into yards. By 2 p.m. it became difficult to tell where one party started and another ended.

The Post’s local staff had reporters stationed on High Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but police began clearing out houses as early as 2 p.m. By 5 p.m. only a handful of parties remained.

But this didn’t stop students from getting drunk enough to make some questionable decisions.

“I think I saw someone steal someone’s dog, and there is a guy on Heelys,” said Ben Johnson, an Ohio University senior studying civil engineering.

Which is more abhorrent? Stealing a dog, or wearing Heelys in public? It’s hard to tell.

Another student said she watched partiers place way too much trust in a piece of furniture.

“(I saw) about eight girls on a table twerking, and I turn to my boyfriend and I said, ‘That table is about to break in about 30 seconds.’ And about 30 seconds later, that shit broke, and there were girls all over the ground and it was really, really funny.”

One Post reporter saw a man do a backflip from the roof of a shed. He also caught it on video, which you can see here.

Another student told a Post reporter she urinated on her friend’s face.

Some of these things don’t paint OU in the greatest light. But regardless, one out-of-town student said the fest had a tone of acceptance.

“Everyone here is like a big family,” said Nick Farley, a sophomore at the University of Missouri. “Everyone here is welcome. Everyone belongs.”


Jeremy Hill is a freshman studying journalism and a stringer for The Post’s local staff. Email him at or tweet at him at @JeremyHTweets.

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