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Published May 05, 2012, 03:55 PM

UND Students Celebrate End of School Year at 'SpringFest'

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The University of North Dakota's biggest student party, SpringFest, got underway Saturday afternoon. The party is supposed to be an end of the year celebration with music and fun, but some celebrations got a little out of control.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The University of North Dakota's biggest student party, SpringFest, got underway Saturday afternoon. The party is supposed to be an end of the year celebration with music and fun, but some celebrations got a little out of control.and fun, but some celebrations got a little out of control.

"Minor in possession, walking down the street with beer in your hands," said an underage drinker.

This was the scene. Another wild afternoon at Springfest.

Reporter: "Are you mad?"

"Not angry no. I mean we broke the law."

Some students took caution. Plenty of others say they didn't really care what the rules were even if it meant getting a $300 ticket.

"Yeah as soon as I get in there."

Reporter: "You know you can't bring stuff from outside in there?"

"Well as long as they don't know about it," said student Ryan Schnorbach.

The real problem isn't inside Springfest at all, it's outside. Students walking down the street with an open container. Those who are underage, or are just too intoxicated, are getting caught by the cops left and right.

"If they border the aspect of becoming disorderly, disruptive, abusive, whatever, then we'll take enforcement action. Main violation we'll see here are minors consuming alcohol, or alcohol in the park or open container where prohibited," said Lt. Grant Schiller of the Grand Forks Police Department.

But some students really were just trying to have a good time and celebrate the end of the school year.

"We're being smart today," said a student.

"It's SpringFest, everyone is like this. You have to basically be rolling on the ground to get really in trouble." "It's kind of like our last hoo-rah," said students.

Police had extra enforcement on Saturday, with ATV and bike patrols.

"Certainly if someone is intoxicated we're definitely concerned for their safety," said Lt. Schiller.

Inside University Park students enjoyed live music and comedians as well as pizza and beer for people over 21.

By late Saturday afternoon, citations issued were on track to match last year's total of 90.

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