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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Carnival goes on despite the rain


DN PHOTO BOBBY ELLIS

Carnival goers walk between the different food stands at the event on Saturday. Ball State students, Muncie residents, and Burris Academy students came out to the fair despite low temperatures.

By Lisa Ryan, Ball State Daily News

April 18, 2011


The lines continued to snake through Late Nite Carnival Saturday as students, determined to have a good time, braved the rain and wind for Ball State's last big hoorah.
Inclement weather Friday night led Late Nite organizers to postpone the carnival until the following day. Relay for Life was also cut short over the weekend.
Hannah Harrison, Late Nite adviser, said she was impressed with the turn out despite the weather.
"We had people waiting in line, rain or shine," she said.
Public relations graduate student Sara George was one of the people waiting in line.
"Other than the cold, we're having a joyous time," she said. "We're troopers."
The carnival included 15 rides, more than 10 game booths, two stages and free snacks.
Rides include a Ferris Wheel, a merry-go-round, Power Surge and the dunk tank.
The event was free to students, and vendors sold food that cost up to $4.
Freshman pre-medicine major Danielle Moretti said she pre-registered and arrived an hour before the general admission.
"Despite the rain, it's great," she said.
Some people sought shelter in the heated shuttle stop, including sophomore elementary education major Hannah Meacham.
Meacham said even with the lousy weather, she was happy to be at the carnival.
"I really like the rides," she said. "That's why I come."
Junior natural resource environmental management major Dave Brown said he was not happy about the weather.
"They should have rescheduled when it was warm and not spitting rain," he said. "Other than that it was good."
Harrison said rescheduling it for Saturday was the right decision. Friday's forecast called for thunderstorms and high winds, which would have endangered the riders.
"The weather isn't as dangerous today, but it's not as nice," she said.

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