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Frivolous fun found at Spring Fling

No one is immune to the lure of bright lights, thrill rides and the chance to take home an enormous stuffed animal. And that's what drew fun-seekers to Rillito Downs on Friday for the annual University of Arizona Spring Fling.

The student-run carnival is the largest in the nation and one of the most important annual fundraisers for student clubs. Many operate booths that sell savory and sweet treats, from Sonoran hot dogs to fry bread drizzled with honey.

On Friday night, the majority of the crowd seemed to be high school students.

Catalina Foothills High School seniors Cody Smiley and Zac Cooke were joined by sophomore Mady Thies and junior Angie Vogel. After taking their turns on the rides they hit the concession stand and came away with a bounty of snow cones and popcorn. 

Even on the more thrilling rides like "The Remix" no one had lost their lunch yet. "But, it is Friday the thirteenth," Smiley commented. 

Families, college students and thrill-seekers strolled in and out of fun houses and stood in  line for more popular rides like the classic Ferris wheel. 

The festivities begin again at noon Saturday through midnight and from noon to 8 p.m., on Sunday.

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As the sun set, the neon lights of the Spring Fling attractions light the sky.

If you go

What: Spring Fling carnival
Where: Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave.
When: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $5, free with CatCard, military ID, or children under 7

For more information visit the Spring Fling Facebook page.


Saturday: Free admission from noon to 2 p.m.
Sunday: Free admission with an alumni membership ID or a donation of two children's books from noon to 8 p.m. Last-chance ride wristbands for $15.