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August 11, 2004

Purdue packs up to head for the Indiana State Fair

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday (Aug. 18) will showcase a variety of events and displays for fairgoers.

Beginning at 8 a.m. visitors can get a closer look at the university's schools, departments and achievements through more than 50 tents and exhibits located both on Main Street and the Pioneer Our Land Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. This is the third consecutive year of universitywide participation in Purdue Day at the State Fair.

"Purdue Day is a great way to highlight many of the exciting, cutting-edge technologies and new discoveries, while having the opportunity to reconnect with our friends around the state," said Victor Lechtenberg, vice provost of engagement. "Our visit to the State Fair also is part of a larger, statewide initiative to bring our university to Hoosier citizens."

Guests can get a glimpse of the university and also learn various skills, including demonstrations on a variety of topics ranging from cooking with insects to dog training. Hands-on, science-based activities will be available throughout the day for children K-12, including simple electronics tricks like learning how to make a laser pointer sing, building boats out of aluminum foil, doing experiments to learn why eggs float and having fun with physics.

This year, the university will be displaying life-size cardboard cutouts of outstanding Purdue alumni who have made a difference in the lives of others. All Purdue Day events are free with admission to the fair.

From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. there will be interactive displays, exhibits, and notable Purdue alumni on Main Street. Purdue Cooperative Extension will have a variety of exhibits in the Our Land Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The following Purdue Day at the State Fair events will take place on the Main Street stage:

9 a.m. – Breakfast is Ready! Cooking with Insects, sponsored by the Department of Entomology.

9:30 a.m. – Boilermaker ice sculpture carving demonstration by Purdue's chef Carl Behnke.

10:30 a.m. – Body on the Move, sponsored by the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

11 a.m. – Purdue Musical Organizations live performance.

11:30 a.m. – The Magic Gardener, sponsored by the School of Agriculture.

Noon – Salute to 4-H centennial and FFA's 75th anniversary.

1 p.m. – Discover Engineering, sponsored by the College of Engineering.

1:30 p.m. – The Magic Gardner.

2 p.m. – Training Fido, sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine.

2:30 p.m. – Physics on the Road Show demonstrations.

3 p.m. – Live performance by Purdue's Golden Girl Christy Jane Stallings.

4 p.m. – Body on the Move.

4:30 p.m. – Purdue Musical Organizations live performance.

5 p.m. – Purdue pep rally with President Martin C. Jischke, Purdue Pete and cheerleaders.

Writer: Jesica Webb, (765) 494-2079, jwebb@purdue.edu

Sources: Victor Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095

Geni Greiner, director of special events, (765) 496-6911

Kay Hagen, Purdue Agricultural Communications, (765) 494-6682, kjh@purdue.edu

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

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