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July 26, 2002

Purdue ag exhibits to be showcased at Indiana State Fair

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University School of Agriculture will feature a variety of educational exhibits and demonstrations during the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 7-18.

The Indiana State Fairgrounds will be alive with Boilermaker spirit on Aug. 14 during the first-ever Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair, which also coincides with Farmer's Day. The agriculture school, along with a majority of Purdue schools, will have exhibits in tents along Main Street. Cricket spitting qualifications and spit-off also will be held that day.

Throughout the fair, Purdue Extension will feature a variety of educational exhibits and demonstrations in the Our Land Pavilion. Exhibits will include:

• What agro-terrorism is and how it may affect you and your family.

• Key strategies on saving money through the nationwide America Saves program.

• Exotic species that are not native to Indiana.

• Helpful "Garden Tips" through Extension's new online E-magazine.

The School of Veterinary Medicine also will have displays in the Our Land Pavilion. Live demonstrations of a spay and neuter surgery will be held daily. Other activities include:

• Canine and equine dentistry demonstrations.

• Alternatives to choke chains and prong collars.

• Alternative feedstuffs for cattle.

• How to determine milk quality.

The Pathway to Water Quality is an exhibit that features several water education displays. Located on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The exhibit features information on watersheds, no-till corn and soybeans, and soil erosion. Information on the water cycle can be learned through the "Blue Traveler Game" which follows the course of a raindrop. There also will be free well water to drink and ice-cold watermelon served on Purdue Day.

The exhibit is sponsored by Purdue Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Soil Conservation.

A reception for the new associate dean and department heads in the Purdue School of Agriculture will be from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 14 on the third floor of the home and family arts building. Visitors will be able to meet Dale Whittaker, associate dean of agriculture, and department heads Sally Thompson and Alan Grant.

Tickets for the fair are $6 and children under 5 get in free. Gates 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.

Writer: Andrea Campbell, (765) 494-8402, news_students@aes.purdue.edu

Source: Dana Neary, (765) 494-9113, nearyd@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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