Underneath a crisp blue sky, hundreds of students and members of the Gainesville community gathered on Hume Field to fling brightly colored powder at each other for Holi, an Indian holiday that celebrates the commencement of spring. The event was hosted by UF’s Indian Student Association and Student Government.
Gainesville Raceway hosted the 47th annual Amalie Motor Oil National Hot Rod Association Gatornationals drag racing weekend. On Saturday, qualifying sessions were held for the Nitro- and Pro Stock-class cars and motorcycles. More than 300 vehicles entered across the 13 racing classes during the four-day event.
On any given night, you’ll find a room full of Gator Motorsports team members working with all sorts of machines: lathes, saws and welders. In one corner of the workshop sits the object of their labor, the skeleton of a miniature Formula-1 car: the F16. In May, the students of Gator Motorsports will wheel out the completed race car in the Formula SAE Michigan competition, an event in which 120 teams from around the world pit their car designs against each other to see who can build the fastest, most efficient and most economical car.
Gainesville residents browse vendors’ wares on Wednesday afternoon at the first Union Street Farmers Market after the Bo Diddley Plaza renovation. Previously, the farmers market was being held on Lot 10 in downtown Gainesville.
The Vietnamese Student Organization hosted Tet, its 43rd annual Lunar New Year celebration, on Sunday. The theme of the event, which took place in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, was “A New Age.” It included games and chances to win raffle tickets before the show and during intermission, as well as performances by singers, dancers and martial artists.