MEDIA ADVISORY: Discover CSU at the 150th annual Colorado State Fair

Contact for reporters: 

Allison Sylte
Cell: 720-849-1907

Colorado State University will be providing exploration, engagement and learning opportunities for all ages during the 150th annual Colorado State Fair, which is happening in Pueblo from Aug. 26 to Sept. 5. 

In addition, hundreds of students from throughout the state will have the opportunity to showcase their work as part of Colorado’s 4-H program, which is delivered by CSU Extension. During the fair, these youth will be involved in approximately 3,500 static exhibits, more than 1,200 horse and 1,100 livestock entries, and contests in over 33 divisions. 

CSU’s presence will also be felt inside and around the Colorado State Fair, where: 

  • The CSU Office of Engagement and Extension staff will share resources, help answer questions and make connections to programs and learning opportunities. 
  • CSU student volunteers will educate visitors about the importance of agriculture in Colorado and beyond as part of CAM’s Classroom. 
  • The Science on the Fly Mobile Outreach Learning lab, brought to the Colorado State Fair by CSU Spur and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will be parked outside the Ag Pavilion, and will showcase innovation through hands-on experiments. 
  • A CSU Extension agent will showcase planters outside the Ag Pavilion where she has been growing some of Colorado’s most prominent crops, including cantaloupes, pinto beans, Pueblo chiles and various types of potatoes. 
  • A CSU professor will be on hand to discuss the University’s Seedstock Merchandising program, which provides hands-on learning for students as they breed, manage, market and sell purebred beef cattle. 
  • Colorado master gardeners will be available to answer farm and gardening questions, with a theme of waterwise landscaping. 

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Experts list: 

CSU has multiple experts available for media interviews during the Colorado State Fair who can discuss a wide variety of topics pertaining to agriculture in Colorado and beyond. 

Their areas of expertise and contact information are listed below: 

Kristi Bartolo, CSU Extension agent and agronomy specialist, can speak to her work building an interactive display showcasing Colorado’s most famous crops. 

Annie Overlin, regional specialist in range management for Eastern Colorado and the San Luis Valley, can discuss soil health, utilizing annual cover crops for grazing and financial farm/ranch management for women. 

Jenny Bennett, an agricultural literacy coordinator at CSU, can discuss ag education in Colorado and the CAM’s Classroom project. 

Jean Glowacki, director of 4-H Youth Development, can discuss the importance of 4-H programs in Colorado. 

Sam Cunningham, assistant professor of animal sciences, can discuss the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Animal Science and Equine Science programs, as well as the CSU Seedstock Merchandising Program and her expertise in beef cattle genetics.

CSU has additional experts on campus and around the state who will be available to discuss topics around water, agriculture and other pressing topics concerning Colorado.