Spring Fling carnival runs through April 1 at Columbus Civic Center

There's something new to celebrate at this year's Spring Fling which begins Tuesday at the Columbus Civic Center.

"The event is free," said Robin Lee Wallace, the Civic Center's marketing director. "There is no admission charge. That's the big change from last year."

Tickets will be sold for rides, though.

"There are the carnival rides, some games and the carnival food. And one attraction -- Kachunga and the Alligator Show," Wallace said.

The show features alligators and Wallace has wanted to bring it to the Civic Center for several years.

She hopes Spring Fling helps families kick off the spring season. "It's another family event for people to come and enjoy," Wallace said.

The festival is a six-day event and helps promote other events at the Civic Center, including a Columbus Lions football game, "a couple of Columbus Cottonmouths playoff games" and the Davis Broadcasting spring talent show.

"I think those two events (the talent show and Spring Fling) will complement each other," Wallace said. "After the talent show, you can walk around and spend some money. I think it will be good."

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