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Annual welcome-back event with outdoor lunch, activities and free giveaways

A Rider University tradition since 1979.

This annual event is held each September to welcome everyone back to campus with an outdoor luncheon, activities, games, live music and free giveaways.

Activities begin at 5 p.m. on the Campus Mall, and last until 9 p.m. The rain site will be the Student Recreation Center.

From 5-7 p.m., you can enjoy a delicious barbecue cuisine as well as music from cover band "Lost in Paris." This year's Cranberry Fest also includes the debut of the Cranberry Harvest Party from 5-9 p.m. for the 21 and older Broncs to enjoy a taste of Cranberry and seasonal drinks. 107.7 The Bronc will provide additional music throughout the night and other activities and kettle corn will be available for your enjoyment!

First held on May 4, 1979, this event celebrates Andrew J. Rider, the founder and first president of the Trenton Business College. Rider introduced the cranberry to the Queen of England and hence she nicknamed him "The Cranberry King of New Jersey." Rider also owned a horse named Cranberry that he purchased in England. The link to the "Cranberry King" is also the basis for Rider's school colors of cranberry and white.

Catch up on what happened at Cranberry Fest 2016


The Campus Mall on the Lawrenceville campus will be closed to vehicles on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 9 p.m. to accommodate Cranberry Fest. The main gate entrance and exit will also be closed.

During this time, all vehicles should enter and exit via the south gate. Signage and cones will be in place to remind drivers.

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