Crickets fly at Purdue Spring Fest’s Bug Bowl


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Several residents spent their day spitting crickets out of their mouths at the Bug Bowl as part of Purdue’s Spring Fest Saturday.

Participants put a brown house cricket in their mouths and are give twenty seconds to spit it as far as they can. A judge then verifies that all 6 legs, 4 wings, and 2 antenna are still in tact upon landing.

Nine-year-old Andrew Lipton has competed in the event for the past four years. This year he earned second place in the junior men division after spitting his bug 11-feet and 10-inches. He said where you put the cricket in your mouth is the most critical part of the event.

“I think you should curl your tongue and then put your cricket onto your tongue. (Then) put it into your mouth and then cock your head back and then (move your head) forward right when you blow through,” said Lipton.

The Bug Bowl and other Spring Fest events continue tomorrow on Purdue’s campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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