A weekend smorgasbord: Football, films and wicked rain

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As the weekend approaches, a promising jam-packed schedule of events awaits that caters to every taste. The trifecta of on-campus documentary screenings and a football conference championship will create a unique blend of excitement for art lovers and sport fanatics.

The day kicks off with the highly anticipated film screening on campus. J-School Journals is an event that showcases student documentaries to the public for free. Five student films will be featured directly from the Documentary & Film course offered by the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

This year’s selected documentaries highlight the influence of hip-hop on fashion, infant mortality, and mental health to name a few. The event kicks off at noon in Lee Hall. No tickets are required.

The day continues with the highly anticipated SWAC conference championship. Fans are invited back to Bragg Memorial Stadium for one more game this season hoping to watch their team hoist the SWAC trophy. The stakes are high as students already have their sights on the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.

Florida A&M led the SWAC in honors. Coach Willie Simmons was recently named SWAC Head Coach of the Year while quarterback Jeremy Moussa was named Offensive Player of the Year. Linebacker Isaiah Major was named Defensive Player of the Year.

Following the adrenaline-pumping football action, the focus would normally shift to a winter wonderland when the community embraces the festivities of the 37th annual Winter Festival, but it was announced on Friday that it has been canceled in anticipation of heavy rain.

Meanwhile, the fairgrounds are expected to be busy with the annual holiday arts and crafts fair. It takes place both Saturday and Sunday.

It’s not cedar if the annual lighting ceremony will take place without the Winter Festival.

The Capital Health Plan Jingle Bell Run has also been canceled, as has the Nighttime Holiday Parade.

Despite your interests, there will be a ton of activities taking place this Saturday in Leon County. If the festivities above aren’t of interest to you, perhaps you can snuggle up and watch a movie. Leon County residents can expect some showers as there is a 90% chance of rain.