Like the rest of the state, University of Minnesota researchers, scholars and advocates are gearing up for the 2012 Minnesota State Fair, promising to be among the largest attractions at this year's "Great Minnesota Get Together."
Fairgoers are invited to visit the university's main building and stage located at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, from Thursday, Aug. 23 through Monday, Sept. 3. In addition, university research, education and outreach will be showcased in seven other locations throughout the fairgrounds.
During the 12 days, more than 100 university experts and scholars will be on hand at the U building to share their insight on student opportunities, research innovations and life-changing discoveries that have impacted Minnesota and the world. Visitors can learn more about the university's impact in their community, pick up a free voter education guide and pledge their support for the university at the "Support the U" booth.
U building visitors can also watch dynamic stage programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet Gopher student-athletes, play an interactive, online game designed to help teens understand the importance of concentration when driving, and watch robots climb stairs, tumble and fly.
In addition to the many experts and attractions at the U building, fairgoers can experience the university's statewide reach by visiting the 4-H building. A U-M Extension youth development program, 4-H engages K-12 participants from all 87 counties. The 4-H building, located at the intersection of Cosgrove Street and Wright Avenue, houses more than 6,000 exhibits and hands-on demonstrations showcasing the knowledge and skills acquired by youth throughout the year.
~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~U-M Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer questions—from lawn care to container gardening and pest management—from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily at the Agriculture Horticulture Building, located at the corner of Judson Avenue and Underwood Street. Fairgoers who stop by the Miracle of Birth Center can meet U veterinary students and faculty who assist with some 200 births, including calves, lambs and piglets, during the Fair's 12-day run.
For a complete schedule and map of university events, visit the U-M's State Fair web page, www.statefair.umn.edu
Maroon and Gold Day is Aug. 26
Maroon and Gold Day is Sunday, Aug. 26. Visitors are encouraged to proudly wear their maroon and gold attire, stop by the U's building for Goldy Gopher appearances and to meet new Athletics Director Norwood Teague, and watch the U of M Marching Band in the State Fair parade.
President and Mrs. Kaler scheduled to visit Sept. 2
University President Eric Kaler and his wife, Karen, will visit the Fair Sunday, Sept. 2. President Kaler will tour the U building, get an up-close-and-personal view of the university's solar car, take part in a science experiment with 4-H and other youth and talk with state lawmakers at the Legislative Building.
For transportation to the fair, a free shuttle runs daily from free parking locations on the U's Minneapolis campus. The public is invited to park and ride from these locations. For detailed parking and shuttle information, visit the State Fair website, www.mnstatefair.org.