Purdue Day at Indiana State Fair set for Aug. 8

July 30, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 8 will feature more than 35 tents and exhibits that include several cooking demonstrations, presentations by the College of Veterinary Medicine and a performance by Purdue Musical Organizations.

Purdue Day exhibits will line State Fair Boulevard at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details will be available at the Purdue Welcome Tent at Gate 1A.

There will be several hands-on exhibits and interactive demonstrations by Purdue Extension in the DuPont Food Pavilion. These include "Eat, Play, Grow - Kid-Friendly Snacks;" food and nutrition demonstrations; and two cooking demonstrations in the Red Gold Culinary Corner: "Cooking with Wild Game" and "I Can't Believe It's Vegetables!" Other exhibits in the pavilion include Bone Zone Carnival of Healthy Choices, an exhibit about the Farm to School program as well as "The Edible Journey: The Incredible Story of How Your Food Gets to You," which outlines the productions, processes and paths your food takes as it travels from the farm to your plate. These exhibits will remain in place throughout the fair, which begins Friday (Aug. 1) and runs through Aug. 17.

Purdue Live! stage performances will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Purdue Day. Highlights will include a demonstration of Purdue student-designed one-quarter scale tractor and agricultural vehicles designed to provide affordable and practical transportation in underdeveloped areas of the world; a cooking demonstration with Sean McNerney, executive sous chef of the Purdue Memorial Union; presentations by the College of Veterinary Medicine's Steve Thompson on choosing a pet and snakes; and a robotics demonstration.

Other events include a performance by the Purdue Musical Organizations Specialty Group, the Purdue Dance Marathon teaching a dance, and dance jump rope performances by Purdue students.

Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine also will continue a long tradition of conducting live spay and neuter surgery demonstrations, but at a new location, the north side of the fairgrounds on Farmers Boulevard. Organized through a collaboration with the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, the demonstrations will be offered daily at 2 and 5 p.m. during the fair's run, except on Aug. 7, 12 and 14. The patients are animal shelter pets that need the surgeries as part of the process of being adopted into new homes. 

Also on Purdue Day:

* A Purdue pep rally, scheduled for 4:40 p.m., will feature the Purdue twirlers, the spirit squad with Purdue Pete and the alumni pep band.

* The Marsh daily parade at 1 p.m. on Main Street will be led by the Boilermaker Special. The Indianapolis 500 Festival Queen and the 500 Festival Princesses will be riding inside the Boilermaker Special. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu  

Sources: Stacey Baisden, assistant director of strategic events for University Development Office 765-494-3466, sabaisden@prf.org

 Lisa Tally, executive director for philanthropic communications, 765-494-2181, lisat@purdue.edu

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