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    The sights of Spring Fling

    Rebecca Noble
    Rebecca Noble/The Daily Wildcat Festival goers enjoy the night at UA’s Spring Fling on Friday, April 11th.

    There are three big aspects to Spring Fling: the food, the music and, of course, the rides. Arizona has a general lack of amusement parks, especially when compared to states like California, Florida or even New Jersey. Blame it on the heat, but there simply aren’t many places close to Tucson where one can get spun around like a top on the Tilt-a-Whirl or experience freefall from the Mega Drop, which is part of why Spring Fling is so special.

    From the Haunted Mansion to the Zipper, Spring Fling has all the classic amusement park rides, catering to every age and thrill-seeking level. For those looking for something traditional and relaxing (who aren’t afraid of heights), the Ferris Wheel is the perfect choice. For thrill-seekers with a preference for spinning in circles, the Cyclone or Zero Gravity will get your adrenaline pumping. And for the younger or less-adventurous crowds, Farm Tractors or Quads are great attractions. 

    All of the rides can be paid for with tickets. On Friday and Sunday guests can purchase a wristband that will give them unlimited access to all the rides for that night.

    “Our rides change slightly every year, but the favorites always make their return,” said Amanda Lester, the Spring Fling executive director.

    Lester, a senior studying psychology and English, said she has been involved with Spring Fling since her freshman year, beginning as a volunteer for one of the club booths at the festival.

    The various food and game booths set up by participating clubs across campus are also a big part of the attractions at Spring Fling. During the fall of each year, dozens of clubs apply to be a part of Spring Fling, and this year around 40 clubs were chosen out of the more than 70 that applied. Each club runs its own booth and receives all the profits from its setup to contribute to any future endeavors. This year, a number of sororities, fraternities, major-specific groups and volunteer organizations are among the list of UA clubs that will have booths set up at Spring Fling.

    For families with some younger guests in tow, the Kid’s Korner has always been the place to be for enjoyment for all ages.

    “We’re trying to increase our partnership with Tucson Children’s Museum as well as Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium,” said Chase Cromwell, a veterinary science senior. Cromwell is this year’s program director for Spring Fling and is in charge of planning and coordinating the events and Kid’s Korner festivities. 

    The Kid’s Korner will feature appearances from Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and Curious George on Sunday, as well. There will also be activities and demonstrations set up by the partner organizations involved, Cromwell said. The Solar Cats, a club on campus that is dedicated to the promotion and implementation of sustainable solar energy, will have demonstrations with solar-powered gadgets and toys for the children at Kid’s Korner. A variety of games, activities and contests tailored to children will also be available throughout the weekend. 

    With an incredible assortment of rides, games and activities, Spring Fling is packed with attractions for every age and is sure to provide everyone with a fun-filled weekend and great memories with friends and family.


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