Hundreds Of ‘Slime’ Fans and Makers Celebrate The Goo

By Nashelly Chavez
The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) On Saturday afternoon, more than 700 people from around the country convened at the DoubleTree hotel in Rohnert Park, for what was advertised as the area’s first ever “Sonoma Slime Fest.”

The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Holding a clear tub of lavender-colored slime in one hand, Santa Rosa resident Gabby Garcia, 10, used her other hand to dig two fingers into the gooey product, resulting in a tiny toot.

Standing beside her in the hallway of the DoubleTree hotel in Rohnert Park, Garcia’s neighbors Madi and Keelyn Walker, 14 and 11, molded and squished their own containers of the glue-based sludge.

“It calms me down,” Garcia said, eyes focused on the plastic tub. “All I do is play with it.”

The three friends are followers of the latest online trend known as slime — a product usually made by combining glue and the boron-based compound known as Borax. Beads, food dye, glitter and scented oils are usually added to create different textures and color combinations.

On Saturday afternoon, more than 700 people from around the country convened on the hotel for what was advertised as the area’s first ever Sonoma Slime Fest.

Ricky Waite, a Santa Rosa teen and incoming freshman at Cardinal Newman High School, said he coordinated the event after hearing about a meet-and-greet between two slime-makers and deciding he wanted to host a similar gathering closer to home.

“I thought that was so cool but it was on the other side of the country, so I couldn’t have gone to it,” Waite said. “I thought, ‘I kind of want to do something like that.'”

Waite began making slime with a friend in seventh grade as a hobby, and the two eventually started the Instagram page RL Slimes to showcase their creations. The account garnered 1,000 followers within a week of its inception and has grown to almost 90,000 fans since then, he said.

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