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Pancakes, carriage rides, and alligators-the May Fair featured all these and more on Saturday, May 10 at Trinity's campus.

While the athletically-inclined ran or walked in the annual Troll Trot, the alumni association was busy in the dining hall whipping pancake batter into hot, fluffy mounds that were quickly consumed by early-risers in search of a satisfying breakfast. 

Their stomachs full, guests made their way down to the gym to purchase hand-crafted Mother's Day gifts, bedding plants for the garden, or check out the reptiles at the cold-water creature show. Then the heavens opened and the rains poured out, forcing the inflatable rides to close down temporarily. Clothes were dampened, but spirits remained buoyant, and soon the clouds parted to bring forth the sunshine. 

The May Fair has a long history of inclement weather, but the Women's Guild volunteers were prepared for the worst. They stocked their display with Dutch favorites-cheese, wurst, candies, breads, cookies, olie bollen (a type of deep-fried doughnut with raisins), figuring that the rain would boost sales among the craft booths inside the Mitchell Memorial Gymnasium.

Under clear skies, visitors flocked to the attractions and rides, and savored the traditional grilled Wisconsin bratwursts imported from Milwaukee and cooked by several Wisconsin alumni; hamburgers and hot dogs were available for the less dedicated. The WGN fan van showed up at 2 p.m. to give away prizes and mingle with the guests.

The annual event raises funds to provide student scholarships, equipment, furnishings, and campus improvements. For more than 40 years, the Women's Guild has supported the College through its fundraising efforts during the year, including exam packs and special occasion cakes, the fall craft fair, and the May Fair. 

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