College Fest is an annual block party on College Avenue in Kent, OH, where students usually come celebrate the end of a semester. This year turned violent. Caleb Jensen and Chelsea Cox strip down to their underwear, as partygoers cheer, on April 21, 2012. College Fest is an annual block party on College Avenue in Kent, OH. Partygoers come to dance and drink, starting in the early morning and throughout the night.
The partygoers didn’t let the wet April weather stop them from enjoying the festivities. As the day went on people embraced the bad weather: loosing clothes, jumping in puddles and even building a mudslide.
A group of partygoers attempts to calm down their friend on April 21, 2012. As the party continued tensions were raised and alcohol fueled fights started to break out all over College Avenue.
A group of men attack another man after provoking a fight on April 21, 2012. The group of men continued to hit and kick this man after he had lost consciousness.
A partygoer kicks a can of tear gas off the street on April 21, 2012. After a few failed attempts to restore order, a police taskforce returns to College Avenue in an armored personel carrier. Outnumbered 30-to-1 and armed with less-than-lethal munitions the police began to force partygoers off of College Avenue.
A man flicks off police officers as they attempt to gain control of College Avenue on April 21, 2012.
Police officers return to College Avenue to restore order and allow medical vehicles access to the street on April 21, 2012. By 7 p.m. police officers, with the help of less-than-lethal munitions, had forced College Fest participants off the street and by the end of the day had arrested over 30 people.