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Students celebrate at Spring Fest annual fling

Published on May 01, 2024

Students celebrate at Spring Fest annual fling

Sadie Blackwell and Maggie Ritchie flipping into Spring Fest

Students enjoying the Ferris wheel at the carnival

Puppy cuddles at Puppy Yoga on Webb lawn

Live music from the 3 O'Cock Jazz Combo at Tune into Spring Fest

The CAB team poses at the For the Record photobooth

Practicing a pose during Puppy Yoga

Putting zero gravity to the test at the carnival

Waka Flocka Flame hit the stage at the Spring Concert

Shooting for a stuffed animal prize at the basketball challenge

Sliding into the last week of the semester

Rock On with CAB was filled with inflatable challenges

Earth Day 2024 celebrated with Spring Fest

Spring Fest 2024 celebrated a final fling before the last week of classes at Eastern Connecticut State University with activities ranging from puppy yoga to a carnival that drew more than 1,000 students.

“We had sit-down events, incorporated animals, touched on mental health awareness and maintained traditions like the Spring Fest carnival and fireworks,” said Sadie Blackwell, special events coordinator for the Campus Activities Board (CAB), which collaborated with other campus partners on the festival. Events included trampoline jumping, karaoke, inflatables and jumbo bungee.

The theme this year, “CAB Spring Fest Wrapped,” played on the “Spotify Wrapped” celebration of the year’s defining songs.

The week began on April 22 with “Tune into Spring Fest,” with live jazz from the “3 O’Clock Jazz Combo,” a student group; Earth Day activities provided by Eastern’s Office of Sustainability and music by John Rush. That led into a week of activities for students and a spring carnival Friday afternoon and evening. The spring concert on Sunday featured rap artist Waka Flocka Flame and guest A-GAME.

Reaching for the finish line

Students were full of smiles on the giant slide

Puppies brighten the day for more than 100 students during Puppy Yoga

Tie dying Spring Fest t-shirts

Enjoying fried dough at the carnival

Waka Flocka Flame welcomes Eastern Warriors

Club participation at the Earth Day market

More than 200 students attended bingo on Thursday, and about 350 attended the fireworks along with community members. One of the highlights of Spring Fest was puppy yoga on the Webb lawn, featuring “doggy noses and yoga poses” with puppies borrowed for the occasion from a local animal rescue center.

Maggie Ritchie, the social media coordinator for CAB, called capturing the events to share on video “so fulfilling.”

“It is so much fun to see everyone’s excitement to come outside and participate in all of the events. We had great weather, and seeing the community come together is one of the most rewarding parts of the experience in my role on CAB,” she said.

Written by Lucinda Weiss

Categories: Student Activities