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University of Minnesota showcases research, outreach and entertainment at the Minnesota State Fair

U of M features newly renovated building; Maroon and Gold Day is Sunday, Sept. 1

August 21, 2013

The University of Minnesota is gearing up for the 2013 Great Minnesota Get-Together, showcasing an impressive 12-day schedule of events and exhibits that highlight the U’s research, accomplishments and outreach.

This year, the U of M building is newly renovated and will provide a great experience for Fair guests. Located on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, the U’s building features exciting discoveries and research, including booths from the following areas: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Gopher Athletics, Design, Education, Liberal Arts and Science & Technology.

In addition to many experts and attractions in the U building, fairgoers can check out the U’s statewide impact by visiting the 4-H Building. 4-H, a University of Minnesota Extension youth development program, engages K-12 participants from all 87 Minnesota counties. More than 6,000 exhibits and performing arts shows will feature the knowledge and skills 4-H’ers have acquired throughout the year. Approximately 2,200 ‘blue ribbon’ kids will exhibit livestock in the animal barns. Additionally, there are several exciting science activities to try in the 4-H Building, including Rube Goldberg machines, mini and human-sized hovercrafts and a remote-controlled super robot, among others. Saturday, August 24th  is 4-H Day at the Fair. A special news release will be sent out Aug. 23rd detailing the day’s events.

The U of M stage will again feature a diverse array of programming throughout the 12 days of the Fair. The schedule includes presentations from Physics Force and the Raptor Center; performances by U-Tango, the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts and MinnesoTap; as well as conversations with candidates in the Minneapolis mayoral and state gubernatorial races. For a full stage schedule, visit

This year for the first time, the University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) will be at the Fair every day. The college’s display in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building will feature U of M Extension Master Gardener demonstrations; "Garden in a Glove," where kids can plant seeds in plastic gloves to take home; Supertaster testing, where guests can find out if they have special food-and-drink-tasting skills; ‘Beer from the ground up,’ where guests can learn about growing hops and barley in Minnesota; and much more.

University of Minnesota back packs will be given away every day of the Fair at the U of M main building at noon and 6 p.m. Supplies are limited. Goldy ears will be given away in the CFANS space in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building at various times between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., as well as in the U’s main building on Aug. 24 & 25 while supplies last.

New this year is the Health Quest iPhone app. See how the University impacts health in Minnesota by playing this photo scavenger hunt at the Fair. Guests who play could win an iPad mini. Download the app at:

Maroon and Gold Day is Sept. 1.
Maroon and Gold Day is Sunday, Sept. 1. Visitors are encouraged to proudly wear their maroon and gold attire, stop by the U of M building to show their love for the U in a Instagram photo opportunity and watch the U of M Marching Band in the 2 p.m. State Fair Parade.

University President Eric Kaler and his wife, Karen, will visit the fair on Maroon and Gold Day as well. The Kalers will tour the U’s newly remodeled building, participate in 4-H youth projects in the Education Building, visit the new CFANS wing in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building and ride in the State Fair Parade.

A free shuttle runs daily from free parking locations on the U’s Minneapolis campus (with the exception of Aug. 29th). The public is invited to park and ride from these locations. For detailed parking and shuttle information, visit the State Fair website,

For a complete schedule and map of University events, visit the U of M’s State Fair web page,

University News Service will be issuing press releases featuring upcoming U fair events on Aug. 23 and 30. The U of M Building is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information, call the News Service at (612) 624-5551.

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