The student-run Spring Fling carnival debuts Friday and runs all weekend on the University of Arizona mall.
More than 30 student-led groups are involved, setting up more than 40 rides, games and booths for more than 35,000 attendees.
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The rock band We the Kings is headlining, and there will be other live performances. The event raises funds for UA clubs and organizations. Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $265,000.
"It's one of our most beloved traditions here," Spring Fling Marketing Director Josler Tudisco said. "It's going on it's 43rd year, 4th year back on campus."
Tudisco explained it's a great time of year for it to happen -- good for the community, and special for the students.
"It's a nice hurdle for the students because after this, we've got 4 more weeks of school," he said. "It's finals and all of that stuff, so it's a nice end of the year Fling before we hit the books and get to work."
The directors are trying to add an extra incentive for people to come to check out the fling -- they can help out those in need -- while cutting their admission price -- by showing up with canned food.
"If you bring 4 canned foods, you get $5 off your wristband," Tudisco said. "And so, those 4 cans actually go into the community food bank of Tucson. Then on Sunday, we do the same promotion, except that goes into campus pantry, which is our own food bank specific to the U of A."
The carnival starts at 4 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. Free parking will be available in campus garages.
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