Each year, the citizens of Pullman, Washington congregate to enjoy, celebrate, and revel at The National Lentil Festival, a food festival honoring the lentil.
There are many things to see and do at the National Lentil Festival such as live musical entertainment, a kids’ carnival, free lentil chili, vendors, and the Tase T. Lentil 5K Fun Run/Walk.
The event’s most understated perk resides in the Tase T. Lentil, the worlds most beloved mascot. And this past month, Jared Holstad received the prestigious honor of playing the role.
“It was a very fulfilling experience to being able to represent an event that means so much to the people of Pullman,” Holstad said.
The Washington State sophomore grew up in Pullman, so the experience was nothing new to him. However, it was his first time being on the other side of things. And while it may have been hot and sweaty under the suit, that didn’t take away from the experience.
“The smiles on the faces of the families and children made it worth it. I’m glad I got to help the community,” Holstad said.
WA Alpha has shown out in massive numbers the past few years to volunteer with the festival. The opportunity arose from Alumni Keegan Otter serving the campus in ASWSU as the director of community affairs. The torch has since been passed down to Alex Pan letting the tradition continue.