Shocktoberfest has been Wichita State’s annual celebration of Shocker spirit and pride
since 1991. This week-long series features events, programs and competitions coordinated
by the Student Involvement with the support of multiple student organizations and
Hippodrome is WSU's longest standing tradition where groups of students write, produce
and act out their own 20-25 minute skit. In between each skit students perform variety
acts in their own competition for cash prizes. This traditional event first appeared
in 1928 where students and organizations were invited to enter a stunt competition
for a ten dollar prize. Today, students participate in skit competitions and special
attractions, both of which showcase the many talents our students have on campus.
This traditional week used to be a one-day event but has since dramatically grown
to include a full week’s worth of activities. The early years saw such events as wrestling
and boxing matches, organizational booths and a country store. More recently, Hippodrome
activities have included best legs competitions, hippo calling contests, ice cream
socials and casino nights. Who knows what future events will bring to campus?