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Events Weeks: 7/01/02 - 8/14/02
For additional information, call (765) 494-8396

July 6: Butterfly Census

The public will have a chance to get an up close look at butterflies and take part in the annual butterfly count at Prophetstown State Park, near Battle Ground, Ind. Tom Turpin, Purdue professor of entomology, will lead the tour and will enlighten visitors about butterflies. The event, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Tom Turpin, (765) 494-4568,

July 6: Family Firefly Program

An informational program held at the Gibson Farmhouse in Prophetstown State Park, near Battle Ground, Ind. Arwin Provonsha, curator of the Purdue entomology collection, will brief visitors on different species and flashing patterns of fireflies. Children will be allowed to capture fireflies to get a closer look at them and then will release them after the program. The event, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. Visitors must bring their own collecting jars. CONTACT: Tom Turpin, Purdue professor of entomology, at (765) 494-4568,

July 9-10: State Farm Management Tour

The 70th annual Farm Management Tour will travel to Johnson and Shelby counties to visit five of the best-managed farms in Indiana. The tour travels to different areas of the state each year to showcase top-performing farms. The farms on this year's tour range from a state-of-the-art dairy to a farm that has incorporated off-farm enterprises into its operation. Due to the risk of spreading foot and mouth disease, anyone who has traveled out of the country the week prior is asked not to attend the tour. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Indiana Farm Management Association at each stop for a $10 fee. For information on hotels and other local arrangements, contact Kimberly Carter, Purdue Extension educator in Johnson County, (317) 736-3724,; or Scott Gabbard, Purdue Extension educator in Shelby County, (317) 392-6460, CONTACT: Alan Miller, (765) 494-4203,

July 11-13: First Heartland Apicultural Society Conference

This is a new association designed to help beginning and experienced beekeepers meet people with similar interests and learn more about beekeeping. The conference will be at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. Workshops, presentations, demonstrations and talks covering more than 40 topics related to beekeeping will be offered. Fees are $45 for three days or $20 per day. Those attending the conference may stay in residence halls at Goshen College. Single rooms are $25 a night and $40 a night for a double room. For other lodging information, contact the Elkhart County Fairgrounds at (574) 533-3247, CONTACT: Greg Hunt, (765) 494-4605,

July 20: Purdue Day In Chicago

Purdue will take over the Windy City's Navy Pier. The pier will host 90 booths covering the university that feature a mix of information and entertainment. WGN farm broadcaster Max Armstrong, a Purdue alum, will be master of ceremonies, and Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will speak about the university's goals. Dale Whittaker, the new associate dean of agriculture and academic programs, will present School of Agriculture academic information sessions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. School of Agriculture activities include: a turf grass display, cockroach racing and insect petting zoo, soil and crop experiments for children, a computerized golf game with prizes from the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex and the Turfgrass Science Program, as well as displays on Purdue landscape projects in the Chicago area, the Executive MBA in Food and Agribusiness, and video presentations of a "student's-eye view" of the Purdue campus. All Purdue activities are free, but fees for parking and other Navy Pier attractions apply. Purdue Day will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Exhibition Hall B in the amusement park at 600 East Grand Ave. CONTACT: Donya Lester, (765) 494-8593,

July 25-27: 2002 Indy International Wine Competition

Amateur winemakers and commercial fruit winemakers from around the world will send their best wines to compete at the Indy International Wine Competition. Fifty wine judges will travel to Indianapolis from throughout the United States and Canada to taste, analyze and score the various wines. Judging will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Trophies for the commercial wine class include best of show, best white wine and best red wine. A new Pacesetter trophy will be awarded to the winery winning the most medals at the competition. The event will be in the Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. The competition is open to public viewing. For more information, go to the web site. CONTACT: Ellen Harkness, (765) 494-6704,

August 7-18: Indiana State Fair

The 146th annual Indiana State Fair has something to offer for all ages. Some of the events for this year include daily 4-H and livestock exhibits daily, various musical artists, educational interactive areas for children, old-time farming demonstrations in the Pioneer Village, blue ribbon horse pulls and the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant. Tickets for the fair are $6 and children under 5 get in free. Entertainment tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more information, contact Ticketmaster at (317) 927-1482. No exchanges, no refunds rain or shine. Gates to the fair open at 6 a.m., and parking is free when available. Additional $3 parking can be found on the old IUPUI property across from the 38th Street Main Gate. Free parking also is available at the Indiana School for the Deaf on 42nd Street. For further information, go to the web site, or call 1-888-EXT-INFO. CONTACT: Dana Neary,

August 14: Purdue Day At Indiana State Fair

The Indiana State Fairgrounds will be alive with Boilermaker spirit during Purdue Day. Tents housing exhibits from a majority of the university's schools will line much of Main Street. Other activities will include a meet and greet with Jerry Ross, astronaut and Purdue alum. Cricket spitting qualifications and spit-off also will be held. An evening parade around the fairgrounds will feature the two Boilermaker Specials, Purdue police car, chemistry van and fire truck. The cheerleaders and Purduettes also will participate. A gold football jersey will be presented to country music artist Kenny Chesney the night of his concert. CONTACT: 1-888-EXT-INFO or Dana Neary at

Compiled by Andrea Campbell (765) 494-8402,

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