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SIU kicks off Eclipse carnival

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CARBONDALE -- SIU is offering some special activities for Eclipse weekend for visitors and students who begin moving in Wednesday.

Carnival crews have been setting up since Monday. They plan to have the Saluki Stadium Parking Lot turned into a full on fair, this weekend."

From kids' rides to something for the adults, SIU has partnered with King Food Service and their Chittyville company to bring the Crossroads Festival.

"What we kept hearing from the Eclipse chasers is they want something fun and exciting to do after the Eclipse," said Vanessa Sneed, director of university events at SIU.

The festival will also feature food favorites like corndogs and funnel cakes, a beer tent for 21 and older, and live bands.

"They've done a great job of wide cross section of country music and rock and some cover bands," said Sneed.

Sneed says with students coming back the week before the Eclipse, administrators want to have a little something for everyone.

"We really tried to look at what venues we had on campus for large crowds, which were mainly athletic venues, and how we could turn those into events that would relate to the Eclipse," said Sneed.

Sneed hopes it will be a weekend to remember for everyone.

"SIU students will have free ride bands for a couple of hours and so they'll be able to partake for free and really enjoy the whole atmosphere down here," she added.

The carnival will open up Friday at 4 p.m. and run until midnight. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight. The event wraps on Monday, going from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

You'll find the weekend packed with plenty other events like a craft fair and science and technology EXPO.

For more information on the festival, click here.

For a full listing of Eclipse events at SIU, click here.

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