Perspectives Online

College has a prominent presence at 2009 N.C. State Fair - The North Carolina State Fair had more visitors this year than ever, with a record-breaking attendance total of 877,941 for the fair’s 2009 11-day run. That means those thousands had opportunities to become acquainted with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences research, extension and teaching programs in areas such as biofuels, turfgrass, animal industry, 4-H, food and nutrition, environmental stewardship, water quality, horticulture, viticulture, livestock, poultry, entomology, crops and produce — and more. Pictured below are some of the CALS-related activities on display at this year’s fair. Image 1: Student members of the CALS Animal Science Club assist youngsters at the club’s popular Milking Booth. Club members also ran the Cattlemen’s Steak Booth and the Animal Ark, and they served as ringmasters for the Junior Livestock Shows. Image 2: This interactive display from Cooperative Extension presented key information for creating a rain garden. Image 3: Customers line up early at the N.C. State Fresh Ice Cream Booth, operated by CALS Food Science Club students. Image 4: This year’s turfgrass-themed display featured a grassy 30-foot-by-15-foot North Carolina state map sodded with prominent regional turfgrass types. The map demonstrated the differences in grass colors, textures, mowing heights and seasonal temperature requirements, while allowing homeowners to see the grasses side by side. Image 5: Throughout the fair were exhibits commemorating the centennial celebration of North Carolina 4-H.