From: Public Affairs

Who doesn't love mechanical bull riding, hot dog eating contests and an impressive lineup of musicians at no cost at all? The James Madison University community is gearing up for Madipalooza, an outdoor festival on the Festival Conference and Student Center lawn from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

All members of the JMU community are invited to enjoy this spring tradition featuring free food, live music and entertainment. Friends and family not affiliated with JMU are welcome to attend if escorted by a student or staff member with a JAC Card.

This year's highlights include nine inflatables, eating contests, a photo booth, zip line and rock wall. The University Program Board has scheduled a variety of musical acts on two stages throughout the day featuring musicians from a wide variety of genres including rock, hip-hop, reggae and country.

Chase Suddith, a senior public policy and administration major, joined the committee of students and administrators who volunteered their time to plan the annual "Festival at Festival." Suddith said at this year's Madipalooza there is "something for everyone."

Madipalooza Logo

"I'm so excited for this weekend!" said Suddith. "If you don't at least stop by Madipalooza, you're letting a huge part of your 'Madison Experience' pass you by. Six thousand people came last year on a cold, cloudy day. This year, we're shooting for sunny and 70. It's going to be great, don't miss out!"

Transportation from area apartment complexes to and from the Festival lawn will be provided thanks to Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation.


Madipalooza music lineup

Madipalooza bus schedule

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April 10, 2012