Iowa State brings bugs and Cy to Iowa State Fair

Iowa State brings bugs and Cy to Iowa State Fair

Nothing compares to the 2015 Iowa State Fair Aug. 13-23; don't miss the ISU exhibit

Those that fly, crawl, slither and leap will have their days at the Iowa State University exhibit, "Camp Cy – A Statewide Adventure," in the Varied Industries Building at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Camp Cy takes place under cardinal and gold tent tops where special guests and activities will showcase the many ways ISU Extension and Outreach is Iowans' 99-county campus.

Nothing compares to the 2015 Iowa State Fair Aug. 13-23; don't miss the ISU exhibit

Those that fly, crawl, slither and leap will have their days at the Iowa State University exhibit, "Camp Cy – A Statewide Adventure," in the Varied Industries Building at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Camp Cy takes place under cardinal and gold tent tops where special guests and activities will showcase the many ways ISU Extension and Outreach is Iowans' 99-county campus.

Iowa State faculty and staff are packing their bugs (yes, bugs) and coming to Camp Cy as special guests. Along with their bugs, they will demonstrate Iowa State's outreach across the state and how ISU Extension and Outreach is involved in Iowa communities. They join other Camp Cy activities, including virtual roller coaster rides, splashing in meandering streams, 3-D printed campaniles and Cy statues, and hunts for treasures on all the county campuses.

Visit the Insect Zoo: Ginny Mitchell and her group of Iowa State students bring the Iowa State Insect Zoo to Camp Cy Aug. 21 and 22.

SPECIAL GUEST: Former U.S. astronaut Clayton Anderson will be at the ISU exhibit on Friday, August 13, at the Iowa State Fair. Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson

"We invite fair visitors to reach out and touch the world of entomology, learn why arthropods are important to us and open their eyes to these miniature marvels that intertwine their cultures with ours," says Mitchell, the zoo's educational program coordinator. "Our zoo has insects, tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes and crabs and we love bringing them to the Iowa State Fair!"

Learn what bugs the plant doctors: Laura Jesse, director of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, and the clinic plant doctors are bringing fascinating insect and disease samples to the state fair Aug. 19. Explore Camp Cy on Wednesday of the fair and get an up close look at emerald ash borers and their destruction, touch corn smut or peer into a microscope to identify other creatures of the lab.

"We are the plant doctors that work the Iowa State emergency room for plant problems," says Jesse. "We identify insects, as well as plants and mushrooms, and make recommendations for managing them. Coming to the state fair gives us a chance to introduce ourselves and the work we do for the people sending us samples."

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Help the monarch butterflies: Iowa State members of the Monarch Conservation Consortium will be on Camp Cy's special guest stage Aug. 18 building awareness for the need of monarch summer homes and vegetation in Iowa. They will elaborate on the monarch caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly display at Camp Cy throughout the fair. "There are so many really cool things to know about monarch butterflies – their wings flap between 300 and 720 times per minute; they can fly at up to 12 miles per hour, faster if carried in the wind; they are our best-known butterfly and one of the largest with a wing spread up to 4 inches," says Donald Lewis, ISU entomology professor and extension entomologist. "Monarch butterfly populations have declined dramatically over the past two decades, and we want to talk to people about stopping that trend."

And one big bird, that's Cy: Cy, the ISU mascot, is visiting camp on Aug. 16 and Aug. 20. While four Cy statues will be in place throughout the fair and Cy tattoos are available every day, Cy's early afternoon stops at Camp Cy are a bonus for Cyclone fans. "Cy is a favorite guest at many ISU Extension and Outreach events across the state – including state fair," says Natasha Neal, Cy's ISU Extension and Outreach scheduler. "Cy wants to make sure people explore and enjoy Camp Cy every day of the fair, pick up Iowa State football posters and take home Cyclone merchandise as part of their adventure."

Astronaut Clayton Anderson special guest at Iowa State Exhibit
Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson brings a cosmic perspective to Camp Cy on Friday, Aug. 14 when he visits camp 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for autographs, book signing, and pictures with visitors.

There's much to explore at the Iowa State University exhibit in the Varied Industries Building during the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Take a virtual roller coaster ride, splash in the stream and play along the banks, find your county campus treasure and meet fascinating people who take Iowa State's campus to all parts of Iowa.

Under the cardinal and gold tent tops, guarded by four Cy statues, "Camp Cy – A Statewide Adventure" creates an adventure worth investigating. Along with traditional Iowa State favorites – Cy tattoos, football posters, Cyclone merchandise and sports trophies – state fair visitors may explore Camp Cy through activities and special guests showcasing the many ways ISU Extension and Outreach is Iowans' 99-county campus.

Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson brings a cosmic perspective to Camp Cy Aug. 14 to generate excitement around human space flight and future possibilities in the realm of aerospace engineering. "We're at the beginning of commercial spaceflight and there are so many possibilities," says Anderson ('83 MS aerospace engineering). "Here is a chance to have conversations that will open young people's minds to the future of spaceflight."

Anderson joined NASA's Johnson Space Center after completing his master's degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983, working in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division, Mission Operations Directorate, and managing the center's emergency operations center before being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1998.

A veteran of two space flights, Anderson has logged 167 days in space and more than 38 hours of extravehicular activity (spacewalks) at the International Space Station He currently serves as an Iowa State distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering.

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