Colorado State University Connects with the State at the Fair

Colorado State University’s exhibit at the Colorado State Fair will feature an information kiosk, face decals and fans, Cam the Ram and much more Aug. 16-Sept. 1.

More than 100,000 people are expected to visit this year’s university exhibit, "Connecting with You," in the Palace of Agriculture Building. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of the fair.

"This year’s CSU fair exhibit is designed to be highly interactive and show fair goers why Colorado State is one of the premier universities in the country," said Kirvin Knox, vice provost for agriculture and university outreach. "We’ve been overwhelmed with the tremendous feedback we’ve had from volunteers, with more than 100 faculty, staff, parents and alumni eager to participate in the festivities in Pueblo."

Visitors and prospective students who attend the Colorado State exhibit can speak with university representatives and use the Colorado State Cooperative Extension kiosk, an interactive program that will help them learn about Cooperative Extension and Colorado State Forest Service programs. Visitors also can receive special "Connecting with You" fans and have one of the always- popular Rams face decals applied.

The university will feature focus areas on each weekend. The Office of Admissions will highlight the first weekend, Aug. 16 and 17. Admissions counselors will be available to discuss application requirements, financial aid and general university information.

From Aug. 22-24, Colorado State’s booth will highlight the unique Little Shop of Physics program. The program was started by Brian Jones, physics instructional lab coordinator and director of the Little Shop of Physics, as a way to expand science curriculum for elementary and secondary schools. Jones said the shop uses everyday items to demonstrate scientific principles in a way that makes science engaging and easily understood.

During the last weekend of the Colorado State Fair, Aug. 29- Sept. 1, Colorado State’s Forest Service and Cooperative Extension will team up to create a special place for children, complete with fun, hands-on activities and the opportunity to plant native Colorado tree seeds. Children can then take these "trees-in-waiting" home to help them grow.

"Planting a seed shows hope–a hope that we have for our children and that our children have in their own future," said Judy Serby, Colorado State Forest Service. "We want to connect with Colorado youths who represent the future of our state."

The university also will have entries in the Fiesta Day parade Aug. 17 and the State Fair parade Aug. 23. Local alumni, Lorenzo de Zavala and National Hispanic Institute participants and parents, and Cam the Ram will be prominently involved in the festivities.

If you would like more information about Colorado State or the university’s booth at State Fair, please call (970) 491-6432, or check the university’s web site at