WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Spring Fest on Purdue University's campus is happening this weekend. While there will be many activities for the entire family to enjoy, one longtime event won't be taking place this year.
The Department of Entomology is getting ready for the Bug Bowl. There will be a petting zoo, featuring cockroaches, tarantulas and millipedes.
There will also be the annual cricket-spitting contest.
However, the department has decided to do away with the cockroach races. After some retirements, Dr. Stephen Cameron said it just isn't the same.
"If the person running it is enthusiastic and can bring the right attitude and has the right kind of jokes to apply to it, it's a great spectacle. If they just let the roaches go and just look at them, it's nowhere near interesting," said Cameron.
Spring Fest will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the College of Agriculture.