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4-H science experiments, newly renovated U of M building highlight President Eric Kaler's Sept. 1 State Fair visit

August 30, 2013

Who: U of M President Eric Kaler, his wife Karen, Goldy and U of M students
What: Visit to the Minnesota State Fair
When: Sunday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will make a special trip to the Minnesota State Fair on Maroon & Gold Day, Sunday, Sept. 1st. Kaler will visit the U of M Building, the 4-H Building and the Miracle of Birth Center, among others.

Kaler will be joined by a group of current U of M students, his wife Karen and the U’s mascot, Goldy Gopher.

Kaler will start the day by touring the new College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) space in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building. While there, he will speak with U of M Extension Master Gardeners, find out if he has ‘super taster’ abilities and hear the latest updates on food, energy and horticultural research from the U’s statewide Research and Outreach Centers.

Next up is a tour of the newly remodeled U of M Building. Kaler will visit the different schools and colleges represented and check in with Gopher Athletics, the Center for Lung Science & Health and the Solar Vehicle Project.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the group will head to the Miracle of Birth Center to see baby animals and the U of M students working at the Center.

After lunch, it’s off to the 4-H building where the President will take part in various 4-H and Extension youth science experiments. Activities include a spin on a human-sized hovercraft, typing and sending a tweet using fruit instead of a keyboard and launching a Rube Goldberg machine.

Kaler’s afternoon at the State Fair concludes by meeting with various state legislators and riding in the State Fair parade.

Kaler’s schedule includes:
10 a.m.: Tour the new CFANS wing in the Agriculture-Horticulture Building
10:35 a.m.: Visit the newly remodeled U of M Building, located on the corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Underwood St.
11:05 a.m.: Guest on WCCO-AM’s "Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave" show
11:35 a.m.: Miracle of Birth Center
Noon: President hands out backpacks at the U of M Building
12:35 p.m.: Visit with 4-H and Extension youth in the 4-H Building
1:05 p.m.: Meet with Minnesota legislators
2 p.m.: State Fair parade

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

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