Students were already hard at work Tuesday making signs and assembling booths for the second annual Spring Carnival at the University of Alaska Southeast, which will fill Mourant Courtyard Friday with food, games and other activities.
The event is being held to celebrate the end of classes for this school year at UAS, and it is open to members of the UAS community.
“It’s really meant for our students, our staff, our faculty and their families,” said student activities coordinator Tara Olson. “It’s a fantastic time for students with families to bring their kids out and enjoy the day.”
Friends may also attend if they are accompanied by a UAS student, Olson added.
The carnival, which is being accompanied by a student farmers’ market and a pottery sale, is scheduled to open at noon and run until 6 p.m.
The UAS student government and Student Activities Board are sponsoring the event.
“If you’re a student, come to our event,” said freshman Suhiedy Reyes, a member of the SAB. “We’re going to have awesome food and prizes and games, and there will be people selling stuff, so it’s going to be lots of fun and it will be a great time.”
Reyes and fellow SAB member Victoria Daniels, a sophomore, identified a main attraction for Friday’s carnival as the dunk tank, which Olson said had arrived Tuesday.
“I feel like that’s one of our biggest things that we have for the event,” Daniels said.
Former “America’s Got Talent” star Cas Haley, a singer and guitarist who made it as far as the finale of the reality competition show’s second season, is set to perform on campus Friday as part of the event.
“We’re actually going to have it inside, because the weather’s a little unpredictable,” Olson said of the live music.
Local student musician Sammy Burrous and his band will also play at UAS Friday, according to Olson.
In addition to the dunk tank, other games and activities at the carnival will include tug of war, relay racing and almostGOLF, using slower “safe practice” balls instead of actual golf balls.
Most of the food that will be available, such as cotton candy, hot dogs and hamburgers, will be offered for free, Olson said. Fry bread will be sold by the Wooch.een Student Club as part of a fundraiser, she added.
The Spring Carnival began as a yearly event last year, according to Olson.
“We’ve always had a year-end bash, barbecue of some sort,” Olson said. “So in the past, it’s just been kind of food and music. And so last year was the first time we did a carnival, and so this will be our second annual, and it is hugely successful. And we had over 300 people last year, and we expect even more this year.”
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