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Three contestants playing the "Know Your U" trivia game on the U of M stage.

Come try your luck at the Know Your U Trivia Contest, part of Maroon and Gold Day at the fair. (We promise you won't have to wear those dorky hats.)

View our Maroon and Gold Day calendar for a complete list of events and activities.

Check out this cornucopia of low-carb, fat-free fun at the U building

Check out this cornucopia of low-carb, fat-free fun at the U building

By Rick Moore

Published on August 26, 2005

How many buildings are predominantly underground on the Twin Cities campus? Which Big Ten team does the Gopher football team line up against in the battle for the Little Brown Jug? At which University of Minnesota campus can students bring their horse to school?

If you know the answer to any of these questions (or if you're an astute multiple-choice guesser), then you're a prime candidate to be a contestant for the Know Your U Trivia Contest, one of the main attractions of Maroon and Gold Day at the Minnesota State Fair this Sunday, August 28. (By the way, the answers to the questions in the above paragraph are three, the University of Michigan, and Morris.)

The trivia contest--from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the stage outside the University of Minnesota building on Dan Patch Avenue just east of Underwood Street--takes the form of a 15-minute game show with three contestants. When it comes to degree of difficulty, the questions aren't exactly like those on the game show Jeopardy. And you certainly don't have to state your answers in the form of a question; in fact, doing so may annoy the host. But all contestants will receive a prize, and you're guaranteed to have a good time.

There are many other attractions on Maroon and Gold Day. Borealis III, the University's solar car that recently finished second in the North American Solar Challenge, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the building. You can meet some of the students who helped design, build, and race the sleek vehicle powered exclusively by the sun's rays.

Know Your U sample question

Which of these items was developed at the University of Minnesota?

A. permanent press nylon
B. black box flight recorder
C. seat belts
D. methods for drying food products
E. all of the above

Answer: E; all of the above. See how easy this is?

Catch the University of Minnesota Marching Band at the Maroon and Gold Day Parade at 2 p.m. (For more on the parade and its route, download the Gopher's Guide to the Fair).) You can hear the jazz sounds of Chill 7 on the U stage at 3 p.m., and Radio K will be broadcasting live from 4 to 6 p.m.

And make sure you allow time to check out the many exhibits at the U's building, including some exclusive to Sunday.

Representatives from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will be available to answer questions about the U's campus on Lake Superior. Faculty from the Center for Bioethics will discuss your answers to the "Can U Lick the Problem?" bioethics game.

And the Center for Early Education and Development will be featuring research projects such as the development of accurate progress monitoring of preschoolers with or without disabilities. Interactive Web displays allow you to take a short quiz based on the state's 1938 high school admission tests, or to try your luck with sample questions from the current state Basic Skills Test. There's also a coloring table for children to draw pictures of classrooms of the past or future, and a station where people can send free post cards to their favorite teachers.

For a complete listing of U exhibits and activities at the state fair, visit the U's state fair Web site. Other state fair stories
U sets up shop at the Minnesota State Fair Of blowflies and blown alibis U at the Great Minnesota Get-Together Help for Hot Flashes

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