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Tens of thousands attend the 2015 Spring Fair

Hopkins Parents Fund supports this event, now in its 44th year
Posted May 7, 2015

Fried Oreos, silk tapestries, and music from Baltimore-based bands were among the crowd favorites at the 2015 Johns Hopkins Spring Fair.
 
Between 15,000-20,000 people attended this annual Homewood event, a tradition which originated in 1972.
 
“It’s important for students to go out and explore Baltimore, but Spring Fair is the one weekend where Baltimore kind of comes to us,” according to Spring Fair Co-Chair Cathy Shiau, Eng ’15, who is also a Bloomberg Scholar.

During this student-run, three-day event, the campus transforms into a different setting. “We’re bringing everyone out of the library, celebrating the spring time," says Co-Chair Liz Rha, A&S ’15.

With Gilman Hall in the background, fairgoers browsed through 87 arts and crafts booths and enjoyed the offerings from 21 food vendors.
 
While local bands performed on the beach throughout the fair, on Friday night, rapper Nelly performed for an audience of 1,500, at a sold-out concert funded by the Hopkins Parents Fund.
 
“The parents who support Spring Fair, you’re helping your kids create memories that they probably couldn’t have otherwise,” says Shiau.

Many other aspects of Spring Fair are also supported in part by the Hopkins Parents Fund which is dedicated to enriching the Homewood student experience.