What Makes Spring Fair Special

Spring Fair 1981

Spring Fair 1981

Spring Fair is a unique event. While many campus events such as MSE, FSA, the Blue Jay Tailgate, and sporting events can attract a large audience, they do not garner as consistent and widespread attention as Spring Fair does. Part of what makes Spring Fair special is that it is unavoidable—its presence on every quad for an entire weekend makes it difficult to ignore. Many universities, Hopkins included, have a variety of students who are involved in different kinds of clubs or activities, and thus the student body is rather diffuse. Not every student is in a fraternity or sorority, on a team, interested in engineering, or enjoys attending lectures, which is to say that the student experience is individual. In the case of Spring Fair, the entire university is involved—students may not enjoy carnival rides or may not purchase an old record from a vendor, but they still experience the weekend simply by taking in the sights, sounds, and spirit. Spring Fair resonates with the Hopkins community and beyond due to its sweeping inclusiveness; its ubiquity makes it a special part of student culture and consequently, an important event to document.

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