By Terry T. Mark
GOSHEN -- “Today” show weatherman Al Roker proved that November is a great time to visit Elkhart County.
And much like the annual rock music festival, there were plenty of sights and sounds to take in at the campus’ Adelphian Fountain.
[caption id="attachment_9286" align="alignnone" ] NBC weatherman Al Roker (center) was met by an adoring crowd at Goshen College on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Roker was in town as part of his Rokerthon tour of the U.S.[/caption]
Hundreds of GC students, faculty and administrators, and area residents (and one goat) crowded around the fountain for Roker’s late afternoon live weather broadcast with an Indianapolis TV station.
Off camera, Goshen College’s choir serenaded Roker with a version of the school’s alma mater with lyrics re-written -- including a passage “Elkhart County is a great place” -- to herald the visit.
“This is a great community and we are all the more happy that more of this country will know of that,” Jodi Beyeler, Goshen College’s director of communications, told The Elkhart Truth.
Roker left Goshen with a package of gifts from the community, including boxes of Rise’N Roll doughnuts from Middlebury.
Besides giving a broadcast boost to the Goshen area, Roker’s visit also had an unintended economic benefit. When his arrival in Goshen was delayed by three hours, dozens who had congregated on campus were left to change their plans, and many went out to lunch near campus. South Side Soda Shop was among the restaurants which benefited from a small surge in lunchtime traffic.
Watch the Rokerthon broadcast from Goshen
Here is video from Indianapolis TV station WTHR of Roker's visit to Goshen College.
Terry T. Mark is director of communications for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.