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Spring Fling draws crowds despite rain

Posted at 9:49 PM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 00:49:17-04
The winter-like weather didn't discourage people from enjoying the Spring Fling at the U of A today. The 42nd annual event is the largest student-run carnival in the country that draws tens of thousands of people to the UA Mall. 
 
Despite the rain over the weekend, organizers say they still had a pretty good turnout. From rides and food to games and entertainment, this year's Spring Fling had it all. But, one thing they weren't planning for came pouring down on campus.
 
"The rain has definitely affected our attendance but not by much," said Spring Fling's marketing director, Santiago Kloehr. "I mean, compared to last year on Friday we were only short like 500 people which is pretty good for it raining all over Tucson."
 
Guests brought out umbrellas and ponchos to stay dry, making sure the rain get in the way of all the fun. The carnival benefits dozens of campus clubs by helping them raise money for their organizations.
 
The weather impacted their fundraising as well.
 
"It's been a little bit challenging especially just making the churros," said Chain Gang club member, Jack Emery. "But in the end, I think having it a little cooler with the rain actually makes people want them more. So for us it hasn't been too bad and it kind of offers a little bit of a fun challenge."
 
Last year's Spring Fling brought out about 32,000 people over course of three days. Even with this years rainfall, they're hoping they came pretty close.