The 2012 version of the Iowa State Fair runs from August 9 -19, and is packed with rides, food vendors, entertainment, exhibits and other attractions. In addition, you'll find a number of ag-related exhibits and activities all across the fairgrounds during this annual event. Here's a listing of some of the unique activities brought to you by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Participate in the Scavenger Hunt: Pick up a passport to ISU Extension and Outreach at the information booth in the 4-H Exhibits Building and find each location on the fairgrounds. Write down the keyword from the location and return the passport for a chance to win an iPad.
ISU Extension and Outreach will be easy to spot at the fair this year, with banners and flags marking each venue and event. A lot is going on all 11 days of the fair, so be sure to explore all ISU Extension and Outreach has to offer to discover more about the programs and resources available.
Create a Flood of Cardinal and Gold: Wear cardinal and gold on Saturday August 11, in support of Iowa State University. Cy will make an appearance at the 4-H Exhibits Building and Iowa State President Steven Leath and Vice President for Extension and Outreach Cathann Kress will be visiting the fair. Visitors to the 4-H Exhibits Building also will receive an ISU Extension and Outreach item, while supplies last.
Design in Action Exhibit: Check out the exhibit that showcases how ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Design help communities solve problems. Previously displayed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in June and July in Washington, D.C., the "Design in Action" display now makes a stop at the Iowa State University booth in the Varied Industries Building.
Visit the 'CyCone' Exhibit: ISU Extension and Outreach is again participating in the Iowa State Fair's concrete sculpture painting event. This year's sculptures are ice cream cones, and the "CyCone" can be found outside the 4-H Exhibits Building and is one of the stops on the scavenger hunt. In addition, visit the ISU Extension and Outreach Facebook page to show off a favorite summer treat.
4-H Events Everyday: Stop and check out all the 4-H project exhibits or watch one of the live events at the 4-H Exhibits Building. The Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge is August 10-11 and the Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge is Aug. 12-14. Meet and chat with Iowa 4-H "legends" on August 19.
Food Finder App: Developed by the Des Moines Register and sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, the Food Finder app for the iPhone is a guide to all things edible at the Iowa State Fair. With the app, search foods at the fair by type or vendor and locate them on the fairgrounds map; find healthy fare and nutrition information and find out how much activity it takes to burn calories with the handy calorie calculator. App users also can peruse fair events and add them to their phone calendars. The app will be available soon on the App Store, or is available as a mobile website.