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Date(s) - 02/26/2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building


Live From The University Of Tennessee: It’s Carnicus

Sunday, February 26, 2017

4:00 p.m. Cox Auditorium (Alumni Memorial Building)

Carnicus has a long and storied past at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The commonly known beginnings date back to the early 1900’s. In the early part of the 20th century, UT students celebrated the end of the year’s classes with an event called the June Jubilee. It evolved with the Glee Club performing, vaudeville shows by the students, and side shows. In 1911, a circus was added with students dressing as elephants, cows, and other animals. By 1925, the carnival had become a mid-winter carnival held indoors and the circus an outdoor event held in the spring. In 1929, the All Campus Events committee combined the two activities and George Abernathy, a member of the All Students’ Club, coined the word Carnicus. The event ended with the crowning of a Carnicus Queen. As Carnicus evolved over the years, emphasis was placed on the skit competitions, and the parades, dances, and queen crowning were eliminated. Today’s Carnicus competition allows a maximum of ten groups, single or co-ed, from any student organization.

But what you may not know is the reason why the circus began. According to the 1912 issue of The Volunteer, the Athletic Department was in great debt in 1911 and was blacklisted from the S.I.A.A. The student body decided to host a circus and vaudeville show in May 1911 to raise funds to get Athletics out of debt. The circus was successful, and by 1912 the Athletic Department was free from debt.

This year we are trying something a little different. In an attempt to allow for a greater variety of skits and a greater range of creativity, we are asking students to think Saturday Night Live. Think outside of the box. Get creative. But most of all, have fun!

All Campus Events Committee presents to you “LIVE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, IT’S CARNICUS!!”


Ticket Sales:

This year, students can purchase their tickets in advance at the Knoxville Tickets Box Office located in Thompson Boling Arena or online at Knoxville Tickets via the following link: The General Public can purchase their tickets at the Knoxville Tickets Box Office located in Thompson Boling Arena or online at Knoxville Tickets via the following link: Everyone attending can buy tickets at the door (cash/credit/debit/VolCard). Online ticket sales will begin on January 27th at 10:00 a.m. and close on February 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Attention Students: You will be required to sign in before you will be able to access the online ticket. Please refer to the email sent by to all students on January 19, 2017 for login information.

Ticket Prices:

UT Students with valid student ID: $5 online, $8 day of show/at the door.

General Public: $10 online, $13 day of show/at the door.

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