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April 3, 2002

Spring Fest celebrates bugs, bricks and more

Crickets sailing through the air – and people crawling on the ground – signal the return of Spring Fest at Purdue University. Spring Fest takes place April 13-14 on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, Ind. Last year, Spring Fest drew an estimated 30,000 people.

• One of the biggest highlights is the Department of Entomology's Bug Bowl, which features cockroach races, cricket spitting, a human caterpillar cantor and insect eating.

• The annual Horticulture Show, will feature a "Contemporary Gardening" theme this year. Horticulture students designed and built the exhibit, which showcases backyard entertaining, bird and butterfly gardening, and art and sculptures.

• Student teams will compete in Boiler Brick Bowl VIII and will construct masonry carillons. Each team will be receive 300 bricks, tools and mortar. The students provide their own enthusiasm design and bells, chimes or tin cans.

• The School of Engineering is officially participating in Spring Fest for the first time this year with "Envision: The Engineering Open House."

• Search and rescue dogs that assisted with rescue efforts at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and a wildlife veterinarian featured on the TV show "Animal Planet's Wildlife Emergency" are two of the many attractions at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine open house, to be held on Saturday, April 13.

Spring Fest includes a total of 20 different sites with fun and educational activities and contests. For more information on Spring Fest activities, call 1-888-EXT-INFO (398-4636) or visit the Web site. Five schools participate in Spring Fest: The schools of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, Engineering, Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

CONTACT: Dana Neary, event coordinator, (765) 494-9113.

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722; bforbes@aes.purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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