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Maroon and gold at the fair

August 29, 2013


Two women hold up signs with an M inside a heart.

There's love to spare at the U's Building at the State Fair, along with plenty of exhibits and more freebies than you can shake a stick at.

U attractions are a cool choice as Maroon and Gold Day approaches

Those who look forward to the Great Minnesota Get-Together bringing the last blast of summer certainly haven’t been disappointed. Dehydrated maybe, but not disappointed.

As the State Fair enters its final weekend there is still much to see and do, especially when it comes to events and activities associated with the University of Minnesota.

Maroon and Gold Day is Sept. 1

Maroon and Gold Day at the fair is Sunday, September 1. Visitors are encouraged to proudly wear their maroon and gold attire, stop by the U building to show their love for the U in a photo opportunity for Instagram, 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 also visit the fair on Maroon and Gold Day. The Kalers will tour the U 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 2 p.m. parade.

Lots more to do and see

This year the U of M building is newly renovated and is providing a great experience for fair guests. Located on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, the 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 that these youth 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.

In addition, the U of M stage in front of the building continues to feature a diverse array of programming. For a full stage schedule and more information, visit the U’s State Fair website.

Weekend highlights at the U of M Building:

August 30: Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Group; Wangensteen Historical Library; Fencing Club; U of M Trivia Contest.

August 31: Hip Hope; Andrew Grande, M.D. — Department of Neurosurgery; U of M Trivia Contest; Thaddeus S. Walczak, M.D. — MINCEP Epilepsy Care; N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care.

September 1: U of M Alumni Band; U of M Trivia Contest; UMR Ballroom Team; U of M Marching Band in State Fair Parade; Salsa Dance Club.

September 2:
U of M Trivia Contest; Serenade the City; MinnesoTap.

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