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Wulapalooza, scheduled for April 21 at Brown Field, enables students to let loose before taking their final exams.Wulapalooza, scheduled for April 21 at Brown Field, enables students to let loose before taking their final exams.

Getting dirty is part of the fun at Wulapalooza, a student-run event celebrating its 13th year on April 21.Getting dirty is part of the fun at Wulapalooza, a student-run event celebrating its 13th year on April 21.

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Mud wrestling, art and music await Wulapalooza attendees on April 21

Wulapalooza, Willamette University’s earth, art and music festival, is celebrating its 13th year April 21 at Brown Field.

The student-run event begins at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted on behalf of Salem Friends of Felines, which will bring kittens to the festival to raise awareness of homeless animals.

“Wulapalooza was created with the idea that everyone needs a break before finals,” says Jillie Jennings, who is co-president of the organization committee with Reva Main '12. “People should expect a fun day of hanging out with their friends, listening to music, seeing student art work … (and) helping give back to the earth.”

Twenty-four student bands and five professional bands — Craft Spells, The Helio Sequence, School of Seven Bells, Yacht and The Lower 48 — will sing throughout the day. Dance teams will perform, students will sell artwork, and for the first time, food will be available for purchase. Attendees may also buy a smoothie, made by a bicycle-powered blender.

“In years past, people have been covered in mud from the mud wrestling pit while gigantic bubbles float around Brown Field. What’s not to love?” Jennings says. “For such a small campus, Wulapalooza tried to pull out all the stops. It’s the real deal, a festival that has a lot to offer for anyone who attends.”



04-17-2012