14th Insect Festival brings out crowd of 2,500

Oct. 7, 2014
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Don Steinkraus, Department of Entomology
479-575-3187 / steinkr@uark.edu

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cockroach races

Penny Harris, Arkansas Master Naturalist, sets up the always popular cockroach races at the Insect Festival of Arkansas on Oct. 2.
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 See album of photos from the festival at https://www.flickr.com/photos/89175420@N02/sets/72157648484339751/

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – About 2,500 students, teachers, home schoolers and other interested persons attended the Insect Festival of Arkansas on Oct. 2. The event was held at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center north of the campus and is presented each year by the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

About 100 volunteers assisted in the effort from Division faculty, staff, graduate students in addition to those from Terminix, the Audubon Society, Master Naturalists and other organizations, said Don Steinkraus, professor of entomology.

“The first Insect Festival was in 1993, and here we are, 20 years later, with our 14th,” Steinkraus said. “We reach many young people with the message of how important agriculture and entomology are to our lives.”

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