Riders scream as the Freak Out pendulum ride swings them nearly upside-down at the Ball State Late Night Carnival on April 22. Grace Ramey // DN File
14th annual Late Nite Carnival to return to campus
Prepare your stomachs and gather your friends. Late Nite Carnival is back again this year.
Late Nite Carnival will be hosted Friday from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the C-1 parking lot across from the LaFollette and Johnson complexes.
While the carnival only lasts one night, it is the culmination of a year’s worth of planning.
What: Late Nite Carnival
Where: C1 Commuter Parking Lot
When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; rain date is Saturday
Attending the carnival:
The event is free for students with a BSU ID.
For guests, faculty and staff, tickets are $5. There is no age limit, but guests must be with a BSU student, faculty or staff.
Students can get in at 6 p.m. if they pre-register on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Tally or the Atrium.
It isn’t only the Late Nite staff who works on putting the carnival together, said Alicia Fitzgerald, assistant director for Student Center programs,
“We work with our campus partners, such as UPD, Risk Management and Parking Services, early on the schedule the event and discuss changes,” she said. “We work with facilities to coordinate the logistics of the parking lot and access to power, water, accessible ramps, et cetera.”
In addition to Late Nite’s campus partners, more staff members are hired for the event. There will be about 60 students who will work at the carnival, Fitzgerald said.
Late Nite Carnival will feature 18 thrill rides, free games and prizes, live music, refreshments and live entertainers including a caricature artist and airbrush tattoos.
This year, a new ride, “Spider,” will be featured at the carnival as well as a new lineup of performers, including Setting Color, The Trip, Seth Cook and The Fossil Generation. There will also be a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
Food trucks from places like Gigi’s Cupcakes and Puerta Vallarta will be featured at the carnival, offering food options for less than $5.
Additional games and prizes will also be available for students to participate in.
Last year, a carnival ride malfunctioned and injured two Ball State students. The Department of Marketing and Communications said all rides must reach a standard of safety protocol and are inspected prior to operation.
University spokesperson, Joan Todd said the same ride will not be at this year’s carnival.
As soon as this year’s carnival comes to an end, Fitzgerald said the Late Nite team will begin planning for next year, hoping to create something that students, faculty and staff will remember long after the final ride has been taken down.