April 24th, 2012
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The Festival lawn was once again filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of celebration as the JMU community kicked off the second annual Madipalooza festival. On April 14th, well over 6,000 visitors took the opportunity to enjoy free food, prizes, entertainment, and fun under a beautiful spring sky. This year’s event was even bigger than last year’s, with more activities and entertainment.
Two stages provided back-to-back live music in a variety of genres. Seven Bands attended, including featured artists Parachute, Deans List, and Static. The Movement, a Reggae band returning from last year was also featured. Pre-finals stress melted away as students laid out on the lawn to soak in the sun and music. Vendors walked among the crowd handing out free kettle corn. Other free food at the event included hotdogs and barbeque. Door prizes this year included Madipalooza water bottles and t-shirts, and raffle prizes included massage packages, Ipads and lawn chairs.
Phones came out, and profile pictures were born, as event goers watched their friends enjoying mechanical bull rides and zip line trips. Seven inflatable games, a photo booth, a hair extension station, and a wide variety of field day favorites provided something for everyone to enjoy. Champions were made in multiple competitive eating contests for hot dogs, wings, and pies. Medals were awarded to the victors.
“The heart of Madipalooza is taking pride in being a JMU student, coming together and celebrating together,” said Natalie Hamlin, a senior and a Madipalooza staff member.
Friends and family of JMU students were also allowed to participate. To manage the event, JACards were requested at the entrances, and wristbands were handed out. The JMU community celebrated together, and made Madipalooza 2012 a great success.