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A line of people grab chairs to set out at UW-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace in 2017.

A sign of hope that Wisconsin’s winter days may be behind us this year: The Memorial Union Terrace’s roughly 1,020 chairs are set to return Thursday.

The university’s sunburst chairs in green, orange and yellow mark the start of UW-Madison’s terrace season. Another 100 or so of the chairs are expected to return to Union South next week.

Those interested in volunteering to help carry a chair to the terrace Thursday are asked to line up at the North Park Street entrance to the terrace at 3 p.m. Visitors can arrive at 4 p.m.

The first 200 guests to arrive will receive a bag of Terrace gifts. Bucky Badger will be on hand to help. So will DJ Ian Carroll. Free popcorn and ice cream will be available while supplies last.

Terrace season is a university tradition going back 90 years, according to a Wisconsin Union announcement. The 2019 season will include yoga, paddling rentals, arts and crafts events, free film showings and live music.

Later this summer, four dining options — the Brat Stand, the BBQ Stand, Lakeview Lounge and Sunset Lounge — will open.

When the chairs and tables leave and return from both locations is based on weather. Last year, Wisconsin Union officials decided on April 26. In 2017, the chairs returned April 13.

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Kelly Meyerhofer covers higher education for the Wisconsin State Journal. She can be reached at 608-252-6106 or kmeyerhofer@madison.com.

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