WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Twenty-two years ago two entomology professors had an idea. An idea to celebrate insects with a bug bowl.
"Just to introduce people to insects and show them how exciting they are, how much fun they are, how important they are," Bug Bowl co-founder Alan York said.
Now more than two decades later almost every department on Purdue's campus takes part in the annual event.
"Three other programs in agriculture got involved and they called it Spring Fest, then all of the department of agriculture then math, science and so on," York said about the beginning of Spring Fest. "Bug bowl was the basic first event, but it's just gotten larger and larger and larger."
The event brings in nearly 40,000 visitors every year. Guests can pet all the strange insects, check out some interesting plants, pet farm animals and even find out what it's like to be on a talk show! Year after year people come back to see their favorite event.
"The girls really like the animals in there," visitor Pam Thornburg said. "They like to pet the animals even though we're from a farm they still like to go out and pet the animals and they like to see the bugs."
"The chocolate covered crickets they're scary but they tasted pretty good," Indianapolis native Nancy Garduno said.
"I love going around seeing all the kids and adults having a bunch of fun," Rosalie Stanley said about her favorite event.
And to think all the fun started with bugs.
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