How much cotton candy can you eat before nausea sets in on the Tilt-A-Whirl? (Apr. 18-19)

April 17, 2009

A longtime tradition at Washington University shows off the school’s humbler side tomorrow and Sunday (Apr. 18-19): The Thurtene Carnival turns hundreds of the elite school’s students into carnies for the weekend. We’re talking all the usual Midwest midway rides, plus food vendors and somewhat cheesy games. Fun will be had by all, as the saying goes! The performances are a smorgasbord of university, high school and even elementary students from around the metro area. Just last night I was lucky enough to hear a practice session with a young student from Ashland Elementary who’ll be poetry slamming tomorrow on behalf of the St. Louis SCORES after-school program, and she sounded great.

Entrance to the carnival grounds, aka Brookings Drive on the eastern edge of the campus, is free, but tickets for food, drinks and rides must be purchased with cash. Lest you assume that proceeds will fund drinking binges, let me reassure you that the students are working for a good cause, the Foundation for Children with Cancer.

The carnival is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Barring a rainshower or two, it’ll be a great way to enjoy an April weekend!

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