‘Spring Fest’ is in the air, or was that a cricket?

FILE - Photo shows the Bug Bowl's famous cricket spitting contest held at Purdue University's Spring Fest every year. (WLFI File Photo)
FILE - Photo shows the Bug Bowl's famous cricket spitting contest held at Purdue University's Spring Fest every year. (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Spitting crickets, racing cockroaches and visiting with farm animals are some of the highlights visitors look for each year at Purdue’s Spring Fest. Now that April has arrived, so has the time for the popular annual event.

Event organizers said all ages are welcome to learn about science, art and other topics while having a good time. Purdue’s Spring Fest will be held on campus Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Spring Fest is family-friendly and free of charge. The fan favorite Bug Bowl will make a return. According to organizers, Bug Bowl has some of the most popular activities like cricket-spitting contests and cockroach races.

Purdue Entomology Professor Tom Turpin told News 18, it is all just wholesome family fun.

“They get a chance to try things that they maybe haven’t done before, like milk a cow,” Turpin said. “Most kids today have never had a chance to milk a cow, so they line up to get an idea of what it was like. Something all of us farm boys, years ago, hated because it was part of our job.”

In a press release to News 18, Danica Kirkpatrick with the College of Agriculture said the weekend is all about promoting learning in a fun and entertaining way.

“We are excited to have 35 fun, educational sites for families to visit during Spring Fest,” Kirkpatrick stated in the news release. “Visitors will be treated to activities and fun games, all highlighting the best of Purdue University.”

Other highlights at Spring Fest will be health demonstrations, a human brain on display and Boiler Barnyard — where attendees can visit with live farm animals, milk a cow and watch a sheep being sheared.

Organizers said there are some new additions to this year’s event, including solar energy demonstrations, moss graffiti, a bungee trampoline and making art from insect and bird wings.

For more information, including parking maps and activity schedules, head to the Spring Fest website.

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