PHOTOS: Fox Day 2014

The fox made his annual appearance at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 10. Here are a few of our favorite photos from Fox Day 2014.

Students gather before sunrise to catch the first glimpse of the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

“I couldn’t turn the lights on at my house this morning,” President Lewis Duncan said early Thursday morning. “I knew people were watching it.”

In anticipation of this year’s Fox Day, Duncan knew he’d have to be sneaky. “Students were waiting for the fox. I heard rumors there’d be a riot if today wasn’t Fox Day,” he said.

The holiday happens each year in the spring, when the Rollins president, along with a few helpers, rolls the 300-pound statue onto Tars Plaza, signaling that classes are cancelled for the day. This year, it fell on Thursday, April 10—a little later than it had been in the past two years, but not the latest it’s been under Duncan’s tenure. That would be April 12, 2005, his first year as Rollins’ 14th president. (May 20, 1957—the second Fox Day in Rollins’ history—holds the title for the latest date.)

As they made their way to Tars Plaza from the Fox’s secret holding place, Duncan spotted the first sentinel. By the time he and the fox finally made it to the space around 5:45 a.m., students were bouncing up and down, dancing, and hollering. It was finally Fox Day, after all—but there was one glitch.

In the center of Tars Plaza was a hand-painted “Place Fox Here” sign where the fox was supposed to go, and the paint was still wet and the sign was slippery. Rather than risk getting pink and green paint on the Fox—which has had a home at the College for eight decades this year—or someone falling, Duncan and his crew placed it by the flagpole instead, just out of view for people tuning in to Fox Day cam. “We needed to set it down before we got mauled,” he said.

About an hour later, the statue made its proper place in the middle of the rose compass. And so began Fox Day 2014.  The rest of the day included activities on campus—from water slides, poolside activities, and a psychic to the popular end-of-day barbecue on The Green.

President Lewis Duncan signs official Fox Day proclamation documents. (Photo by Scott Cook)

President Lewis Duncan distributes official Fox Day proclamation documents to students eager to start the day's festivities. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Dedicated campers are among the first to catch a glimpse of the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students share a moment with the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students embrace in celebration of the day's upcoming events. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A student enjoys a free pancake breakfast by the Campus Center. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students celebrate from a balcony. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Friends gather in the Campus Center for breakfast before the day's events. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students holler with excitement over pancakes and Fox Day. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students pause for a pose. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A dog and the fox meet and greet. (Photo by Scott Cook)

The remains of a student-made "Place Fox Here" sign is no longer needed since the fox arrived. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Fox Day staff show their pride. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students share a moment with the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students wear sunglasses for the perfect Fox Day weather. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students share a moment with the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students pause for a pose. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students share a moment with the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Cotton candy is a crowd-pleasing Fox Day treat. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students enjoy lawn games on The Green. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A dog makes new friends at the campus-wide picnic on The Green. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A climbing wall is one of the featured attractions of the day. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students reach new speeds on the water slide. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students share a moment with the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Masked students jump into a perfect chest bump. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Campus visitors share a moment with the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

One of the youngest Fox Day participants gets a closer look at the fox. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins staff collect the beloved fox at the end of the day's celebration. (Photo by Scott Cook)