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We don’t want to hear you say “There’s nothing to do” ever again. Well, at least not this weekend.

Bug out at Spring Fest

Journal & Courier
April 13, 2007

(By Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier)
Purdue University graduate students Carolyn Foley and Philip Morton play with two robotic beetles that will be part of Bug Bowl at Purdue’s Spring Fest.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Whether the clouds and cool temperatures like it or not, spring is here in full force — at least at Purdue University. Purdue’s annual Spring Fest is a free festival that showcases many of Purdue’s departments, drawing thousands of people to check out the creepy, the crawly and the just plain out of the ordinary. The Bug Bowl is a popular stop with its cockroach races, insect petting zoo and cricket-spitting. Bugs go digital with the new virtual reality exhibit and remote controlled robotic beetle battles.

  • 17th annual Bug Bowl
  • Cricket-spitting contest [See video from Journal & Courier]
  • Cockroach racing
  • Insect crafts and face painting
  • Dishes to taste made with insects and honey tasting
  • Insect petting zoo
  • Robotic beetle battles and virtual reality bugs
  • Cake decorating contest featuring insect shapes and motifs
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (some events are Saturday only)
  • Where: Most of the festivities are located along State Street on Purdue campus.
  • How much: Free
  • On the Net: For a list of events and a link to Purdue’s Spring Fest map, visit jconline.com.