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July 9, 2003

Purdue provides array of activities at Indiana State Fair

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Learn how a female mosquito sucks blood, test your knowledge of our environment, find out about healthy eating habits and much more from Purdue University experts at the Indiana State Fair.

The schools of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Consumer and Family Sciences will have displays and activities for visitors to enjoy in the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion. The exhibits can be seen each day at the fair, which runs Aug. 6-17.

"There will be information-packed displays for both children and adults to enjoy," said Dana Neary, events and education activities coordinator at Purdue. "This is our opportunity to showcase what we're doing in research, extension and teaching."

Fair exhibits and activities include:

• Visiting the Monsters of the Midway. See a world without insects, how a female mosquito sucks blood and how far a flea can jump.

• Fighting pollution with plants. Phytoremediation will teach visitors about these plants and how we benefit from them.

• Discovering what is involved in animal sciences and learning what careers are available in this area.

• Quizzing yourself on the environment by taking the E-IQ test. Fairgoers can gain knowledge on water quality and it's impact on the environment and humans.

• Learning what a retention pond is and its use.

• Choosing the right foods and exercising to keep healthy. Visitors also can learn how to combat obesity.

• Exploring why people experience fear and how to deal with it.

• Learning how agriculture is changing. This exhibit also will teach visitors how to protect their business and still be successful.

• Maintaining and improving the health of humans and animals through veterinary medicine.

• Discovering how trees benefit the urban landscape. The exhibit will show how trees prevent soil erosion, shelter birds, animals and insects, and remove air pollutants and dust.

• Strolling the Pathway to Water Quality. Learn how everyday land and water use affect our water quality.

Additional activities will be presented on Aug. 13 during Purdue Day, which also is Farmer's Day at the state fair. They include:

• Spitting crickets at the annual state fair cricket spitting contest.

• Tasting insects. Tom Turpin, Purdue professor of entomology, serves up insects as food on the Purdue stage at 10:30 a.m.

• Attaining the skills of Larry Caplan, Purdue Extension educator, during his show, Magic Gardener, on the Purdue stage at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For more information on these displays, other Purdue Day exhibits and partner organizations, visit http://www.ces.purdue.edu/statefair. State fair information can be found online.

Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402, agnews-stories@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/


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