Spring Fair Weekend Shines In Warmth, Sun Organizers are calling it the best Hopkins Spring Fair yet. No rain, lots of sunshine, sold-out concerts and, easily, 150,000 fairgoers. "Everything exceeded our expectations," said Ross Lieberman, who with fellow senior Jay Koyner, chaired this year's fair called "Yodel-Ay-He-Hu, Hopkins Spring Fair '96." "Not only did the Violent Femmes play to a sold-out Shriver Hall Theater Thursday night, but the crowd was totally into it. The comedy night drew a huge crowd, about 600 people, and the vendors have been telling us they did a great business. Everything just came together for us this year, the weather being the main thing." As in the past, this year's fair drew 250 arts and craft, food and nonprofit vendors. Additional underwriting came from national companies like Papa John's Pizza, Snapple, Clarion Hotels, Samuel Adams and local businesses like Sam's Bagels and PJ's Pub. Their participation allowed organizers to add more bands, raise the quality of beer in the Beer Garden and bring to the fair other attractions like hot air balloon rides, a petting zoo and Friday's comedy night, featuring HBO Comedy Hour regular Jake Johannsen. But this year's enormous success also had much to do with the people who worked the fair, Lieberman said. The crew of student volunteers was both motivated and fun. "They really gave it their all," he said. "Once they took on their individual responsibilities, Jay and I didn't need to worry about it. They made our job pretty easy from that standpoint." It's been an exhausting few weeks. Monday after the fair, Lieberman couldn't get out of bed. "I've never been so tired in all my life," he said. "I thought I'd never be able to move again."
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