By Savannah Willits
With the blossoms bursting open on Boise State’s flowering trees, the return of shorts and reemergence of spring allergies, it is about time for Spring Fling, the annual celebration to say goodbye to a long winter.
On Saturday, April 22 Boise State will host Spring Fling from 7 p.m. to midnight. This year, the event will be held at the east stadium parking lot, across from the Alumni and Friends Center and east of Albertsons Stadium. The event is free with a student ID and costs $5 for non-Boise State students. This year’s event is themed “Bigger Than Ever” to celebrate its 40th anniversary, making it one of the oldest traditions on campus.
According to Laray Stoffels, programming director for the Student Involvement and Learning Center (SILC), this year’s Spring Fling will kick off with an “interactive dance party” which will feature Walter Productions’ Stage Kalliope—a 70,000-watt boom box with neon strobes and laser lights—and live music. The DJ will be Sean Watson, who was voted “Best Hipster DJ” by Phoenix New Times. The majority of the music will be driven by student requests, said Stoffles. Stoffels said students can fill out the music request form form on the Spring Fling event page on OrgSync or on the Spring Fling webpage on Boise State’s website.
Carnival rides, such as a giant slide, Starship 2000 and Vertigo, will be running all evening, said Stoffels. The Starship 2000 is a gravity ride that sucks riders to the side of a wall, and Vertigo is the classic carnival swing. Stuffles said students can expect other moderate-sized games like Hoopshot, Human Foosball and marble body painting as well.
There will be several new additions to this year’s Spring Fling, including a massive disco ball, dance performers in the audience and stilt walkers, said Stoffels. Local food trucks—including Murphy’s Mini Donuts, Mad Mac and Boise Fry Company—will be serving up local favorites.
Last year 3,000 students attended Spring Fling, and this year even more students are expected by SILC, because this year’s freshman class has been more active in on-campus events participation—to the point of doubling or even tripling the attendance count of past years, according to Stoffels.
“My roommates and I are all about having a good time and dancing! And Spring Fling feels like just the place!” said Abi Zollinger, a freshman radiology major.
Given its notoriety for bad weather in past years, Spring Fling will take place whether rain or shine, according to Stoffels. Stoffels urged students to be prepared for cold weather and wear layers.
This event is sponsored by SILC, Housing and Residence Life and Walter Productions. For more information, students can contact SILC at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their webpage.