Perhaps my favorite event at Hopkins is Spring Fair. It’s a time in which students relax and chat on the Beach, eat copious amounts of food truck and stand food, shop around campus from the numerous vendors, and just have an overall fun and good time.
Even though Spring Fair is sandwiched between two regular school weeks, everyone takes the time to come out and relax. While the event is an excuse to put off next week’s assignments and tests, Spring Fair always seems to renew Hopkins’ sense of livelihood and color. Everyone takes a moment to relax before the impending finals week, and academics are put behind us, even if its just for a day or two.
What I love most about Spring Fair is being able to catch up with friends and alumni I haven’t seen in ages. Because the fair is mostly concentrated (food and shop vendors) on the Freshman Quad, I always seem to run into friends old and new. It’s an awesome way to explore and bond, but also a chance to meet and socialize with others. There are always new sights to see and more food to try, and each year is always as exciting as the last.
One of my favorite stands is Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop – you buy a collectable metal mug (trust me, it’s deceptively huge), and for the entire weekend, you’re able to continually refill it with any of the 7 soda flavors. Each year they come up with a different specialized mug design for Spring Fair, so it’s a common tradition to collect them throughout your four years here. Another stand I’m partial to is a chips and salsa stand – they lay out 20 different kinds of salsa from most mild to spiciest, and my friends and I always try to build up in order to see who’ll last until the very end.
Another fun aspect of Spring Fair is the amount of animals that roam around campus. Aside from being able to pet goats and rabbits at the petting station or ride ponies, there’s always an unusually high concentration of dogs that people bring on campus. This year I counted 43 across 3 days (although I guess I could have mistaken the same dog more than once). There was this huge Mastiff that came up all the way to my waist (I didn’t have to bend down to pet it), but unfortunately I didn’t save my snap :(.
Spring Fair is a time of unusual livelihood and concentrated happiness on the Homewood campus. I can’t wait to be able to experience it for the rest of my Hopkins experience, and to be able to come back afterwards to enjoy it again and again.