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State Fair visitors to be treated to Creamsicles, tattoos, WWW
Mabry, Administration Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Visitors
to the Illinois State Fair who stop by the University of Illinois tent
can get free orange Creamsicles or temporary tattoos of the UI logo
and experience the World Wide Web on a set of blue iMac computers.
Other popular features in
the UI booth will include Dr. Moolittle, the famous orange and blue
cow from the Chicago Cows on Parade exhibit last summer, a daily football
ticket giveaway, and an iMac video demonstration that will show fairgoers
how to make their own iMovies.
University faculty, staff,
students and alumni will greet fairgoers Aug. 11-20 from the UI tent,
located in the Agri-Expo area, just off Main Street at the Springfield
On alternating days, visitors
will be treated either to free Creamsicles or a temporary UI logo tattoo.
Children can get their faces painted, get paper hats with pig or cow
ears, and see bones and skeletons of such animals as miniature horses,
a Great Dane, a cat and draft horse. The College of Veterinary Medicine
will have microscopes set up for visitors to get a close-up look at
fleas and ticks, and veterinarians will be on hand to answer questions
about animal health.
Children can try on athletic
shoes, jerseys and shoulder pads, just like the ones the Fighting Illini
football players wear. Adults will be able to put their names in for
a daily drawing for two tickets to the Middle Tennessee game on September
2. There will also be televisions featuring highlights of UI games.
In addition, fair-goers
will have the opportunity to view travel videos and foreign-language
films and sample "Illini blue" fortune cookies. They also can walk away
with recipes and souvenir flags, and can even have the flag du jour
painted on one of their hands. Factual information about the countries
also will be available, and visitors can even take a quiz to test their
knowledge of the various nations.
The UI Theater, which is
located nearby in the middle of the Agri-Expo area, will feature performances
by the Other Guys, an a cappella singing group that is part of the UI
Varsity Men's Glee Club. The Physics Van also will be on hand to show
off an entertaining routine of experiments with electricity, sound and
force. Other entertainers from the UIUC campus include the UI's premier
show choir, the Cutting Edge, and another a cappella singing group,
the Xtension Chords.
The Wildlife Medical Clinic
will present demonstrations on endangered animals and feature some of
the clinic's resident birds, including a great horned owl and a red-tailed
"We want Illinois residents
to know how they benefit from the university," said Steve Schomberg,
associate chancellor. "The fair gives us an opportunity to do that."