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April 2, 2007

Purdue Agriculture to share fun at Spring Fest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Boiler Barnyard
cow milking

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As part of Purdue University's annual Spring Fest celebration, Purdue Agriculture will showcase the best of each department by providing fun learning activities for kids of all ages.Spring Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14 and 15, and admission is free.

"At Spring Fest, people can find education, food and fun all wrapped up into one weekend," said Danica Kirkpatrick, the event's organizer. "We partner with Gala Weekend to provide fun activities to bring alumni and the community back to campus."

The Department of Entomology will add two new activities to its display this year. In a virtual reality bug simulation, participants can see what a bug's life is really like. Children can fight buggy battles with the new mechanical insects in the Pfendler Hall foyer. 

There also will be plenty of food to go around. The Department of Food Science will continue a popular favorite with demonstrations that allow participants to watch how donuts are made by hand and taste the delicious difference. Other food options include hamburgers, hot dogs, pork barbecue, ice cream, elephant ears, cotton candy and popcorn.

The Department of Animal Sciences also has added an activity to its Boiler Barnyard. In addition to the cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations, the Barnyard will offer pony rides.

Returning Spring Fest favorites are the cricket spitting contest, cockroach races and the chance to win a playhouse built by agricultural engineering students during the event. The Purdue Horticulture Society also will have its 94th annual horticulture show, with this year's theme of Plant Paradise.

Other College of Agriculture participants include the Department of Agronomy; Department of Botany and Plant Pathology; Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Department of Biochemistry; Department of Agricultural Economics; Department of Forestry and Natural Resources; Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; Department of Food Science; 4-H; Agricultural Council; Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow; Collegiate 4-H; Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators; Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences; and the Student Chapter of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).

Spring Fest events are open to those of all ages, and most sites are handicapped accessible and assistance will be available at the information tent. No pets are allowed on campus during Spring Fest.

In addition to Purdue Agriculture, 14 other colleges and departments also participate in Spring Fest. For a schedule and complete listing of events, see the official Spring Fest Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/springfest. For questions or additional information, contact Kirkpatrick by calling (888) EXT-INFO.

Writer: Becki Francis, (765) 494-8402, rfrancis@purdue.edu

Source: Danica Kirkpatrick, (765) 494-9113, dkirkpat@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
forbes@purdue.edu
Agriculture News Page

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The Boiler Barnyard at Purdue's annual Spring Fest features cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations. This year pony rides also will be offered. (Purdue Agricultural Communications photo/Tom Campbell

A publication-quality photo is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2007/springfest-milking.jpg

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