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Members of the U's Marching Band in the state fair parade.

The 300-member U Marching Band will play a selection of school songs and Broadway tunes at the Maroon and Gold Day Parade on Sunday, Aug. 27.

U at the Minnesota State Fair

Aug. 22, 2006

It's that time of year again--think corn dogs, deep-fried Twinkies, the Tilt-A-Whirl, everything imaginable on a stick, and wall-to-wall Minnesotans trying to take it all in... .

Yes, the Minnesota State Fair opens Thursday, Aug. 24., and over the course of 12 days (through Monday, Sept. 4), the University of Minnesota will be among the largest attractions there.

More than 100 University experts and scholars are scheduled to share their cutting-edge research and discoveries at the University's building and stage on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street. Visitors can also view the innovations the University has brought to life or is currently working on at various locations throughout the fairgrounds as it embarks on its goal to become one of world's top three public research institutions.

This year's highlights at the University of Minnesota building include:

Free shuttle to the fair

Catch a quick ride to the fairgrounds on the express transitway. The free shuttle departs from the Huron Blvd. parking complex on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis and runs 8 a.m. to midnight daily (10 p.m. on Labor Day).

For a summary of event highlights, listen to U of M Moment or download U of M at the Minnesota State Fair.

For a complete schedule of U-related activities and exhibits at the Minnesota State Fair, see U at the Minnesota State Fair. Once you're at the Web site, you can also buy $7 discounted admission tickets (the regular price is $9 for adults) and download a copy of the handy "Gopher's Guide to the Minnesota State Fair."

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the many ways the U works to keep Minnesotans abreast of what's going on at their state's only public research university. Last year, more than 1.6 million people visited the fair--one of the largest state fairs in the United States.

U activities in other Minnesota state fair buildings include:

A Goldy butterhead carving
A Goldy butterhead, carved by U staff out of a 55-pound block of butter, on display at the Coffman Union food court last week to promote the U's 2006 appearance at the state fair.

Further reading Hardy U elms find home at state fair Made for the shade

Maroon-and-Gold-Day-on-a-stick Day