This weekend, Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus transformed into a bustling fairground, attracting thousands who turned out to delight in Spring Fair, a Hopkins tradition in its 44th year.
Campus radiated traces of the student-run festival's famous carnival fare as lines filled with those eager for old-fashioned soda pop and lemonade, deep-fried desserts, and caveman pops (giant turkey legs). The arts and crafts quad drew local vendors selling everything from artisan salsa to Orioles gear, and community members enjoyed fun-filled family activities including moon bounces, a petting zoo, and a 9-hole mini golf course. Guest stars from the Maryland Zoo's Penguin Coast exhibit stole the show.
More than 20 bands played throughout the course of the three-day event, including rap and hip-hop icon Nelly, Spring Fair's headline performer.
Students welcomed the respite from the approaching end-of-semester grind.
"Everybody just stops. The weather's nice and everyone gets a chance to relax before finals," said Victor Lin, a sophomore majoring in public health studies. "It's a good opportunity for the entire community to come by, too."