11 Awesome Things to Expect at Spring Fling 2018
Posted by Rachel Burt on April 30, 2018
It's a recognized fact that Spring Fling is the most wonderful time of the semester. Classes are just about over and the finish line is finally in sight (just hang in there a bit longer, Bearcats!) This year in particular, with all the crazy weather we’ve had, Spring Fling will be an even more welcome occurrence, because it should finally be warm and stay warm (fingers crossed). Hopefully it won’t rain on us again, like it did last year, but, come what may, we’ll find a way to have a good time. So mark your calendars for May 5!
So. Much. Food.
Fried Oreos, funnel cakes and fried pickles, oh my! One thing is for sure, you won’t go hungry at Spring Fling. While you may feel guilty about all the delicious fried foods, and have to hit the gym to make up for eating everything in sight, it’s totally worth it.
Rides and Inflatables
As far as rides and inflatables are concerned, expect a scaled-down version of the state fair. From the big stand-up spinning thing that makes me dizzy just looking at it, to an Iron Man inflatable obstacle course, there’s always something to do. Just get in line early, because they tend to get pretty long as the day goes on.
While I’m usually pretty introverted and don’t like large crowds of people, Spring Fling is different. On this day, the Binghamton community comes together to celebrate the end of another academic year with sun, fun, music and food. It’s a great time to hang out with friends and even make some new ones!
The Annual Coat Stomping Ceremony
The perfectly satisfying way to celebrate the end of a terrible winter that's plagued us for months.
Local Bearcat Talent
This year’s winner of the Battle of the Bands, Gnarwall, will kick off the night’s musical performances and set the stage for the acts to follow. The hip-hop funk group was founded last semester and is made up of lead vocalist Claudia Tesoro, rapper Kid Dik (Rob Mariottini), Ben Palmateer on bass and vocals, Joe Vitale on guitar, Levi Matza on keyboard, trumpet player Jake Zall and Sam Wolff on the drums. The group is influenced by artists like Chance the Rapper, Daft Punk, The Gorillaz and Earth, Wind & Fire. According to its Facebook page, “Gnarly rhymes plus fat beats equal a Gnarwall with one horn.”
Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith, better known as hip-hop artist DRAM, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and actor from Munich, Germany. His debut single, "Cha Cha," was followed by his breakout single, "Broccoli," featuring Lil Yachty, which peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. In October 2016, he released his debut studio album, Big Baby DRAM.
Foster the People
Foster the People is an indie pop band from LA, currently consisting of lead vocalist Mark Foster, guitarist Sean Cimino, keyboardist Isom Innis and drummer Mark Pontius. After releasing their debut album, Torches, in May 2011, their song "Pumped Up Kicks" became a crossover hit on commercial radio and eventually reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The group received three Grammy Award nominations for Torches and "Pumped Up Kicks."
With a photo booth, dance opportunities, velcro walls and many more surprises waiting, Spring Fling will be anything but boring.
All along the spine, you will find tables from all of the coolest clubs on campus, some of which will be selling delicious food and drinks!
Because who doesn’t love free stuff? Spring Fling is a great time to go outside and score some awesome freebies.
Games and Prizes
Travel back to the days of being a little kid at the fair and trying your best to win that inflatable prize or stuffed animal you felt you couldn't live without!
Rachel is a senior English major hoping to eventually break into the competitive world of journalism. In her free time she likes to sing, take cool pictures, and watch a whole bunch of shows on Netflix and Hulu.
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