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Peace, love and Spring Fair

Annual festival on Homewood campus celebrates 30 years with Sixties-themed celebration

For one groovy spring weekend in April, the Homewood campus swept up in the spirit of peace, love ... and funnel cake. More than 20,000 people came out for the annual Spring Fair, a three-day festival that has grown into one of the university's signature events.

The first Johns Hopkins Spring Fair took place in 1972—it was called 3400 on Stage at the time—but this year's celebration took the campus back to the Sixties, complete with peace signs and tie-dye, and the sweet sounds of The Beatles. Vendors lined the campus selling handmade bags and jewelry, artwork and antiques. Students squared off in a wing-eating contest, families visited the popular kid's section, and a variety of musical acts kept the crowd entertained throughout the weekend.

"Spring Fair is always a time when Hopkins pride really resonates," says senior political science major Drew Rosenberg, who co-chaired the 45-student team that organized this year's event. "As people come out of the library, they turn off the Bunsen burners, and they come together to have a good time."