Still time to volunteer for UW Day at State Fair

Have some fun and contribute to a good cause by volunteering during UW-Madison Day at the Wisconsin State Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 8. All you have to do is navigate to the volunteer page and fill out the form. Many volunteers are needed to help with the school supply drive to benefit Milwaukee Public Schools. Other volunteers will have responsibilities such as providing directions, scooping ice cream, or supporting many of the activities being presented by the university at the fair. You get a sweet t-shirt and a day pass to the fair.

CALS is joined in the effort by Bucky Badger, the UW Marching Band, students, faculty, and alumni. There is something for everyone: hands-on scientific demonstrations, live presentations, performances, games, and, of course, a pep rally and parade. Don’t wait, volunteer spots will fill quickly!

Lawns, gardens, cheese, sausage and ice cream

A key focus in the CALS tent this year is turf management and lawn care. Specialists associated with the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility will have demonstrations and answer lawn-care questions (given the prolonged dry spell, it’s not hard to guess what most of the questions will be about). They’ve also promised a genuine putting green where you can try your luck at making par. There will also be an exhibit on table and wine grapes (courtesy of the West Madison  Agricultural Research Station) and a cornucopia of produce with experts on hand to talk about growing vegetables and other food crops.

Near the main CALS tent, Jeff Sindelar, UW-Madison Extension meat specialist, will demonstrate tricks and tips for making bratwurst and sausage. UW-Madison Babcock Hall Master Cheesemaker, Gary Grossen will take the main stage at 10:00 to demonstrate the art and craft of making cheese.

Let’s see: cheese, wine, sausage, ice cream, vegetables, grass. Hmm, sounds like “The Chill Corner” of the mall!