Lab technician Ben Gibson shows elementary school students a whip scorpion (not a real scorpion) and other insects from the Entomology Insect Zoo during the 2018 U of A Insect Festival.
Creatures that give you the creeps seem friendlier at the U of A Insect Festival.
The 2022 festival is organized by the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the Research Branch of the U of A System Division of Agriculture, and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences from the U of A. .
The free, one-day festival opens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the arena at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, located at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 1335 W. Knapp Dr., Fayetteville .
“We love telling people about all the interesting things arthropods do, especially their importance in food production, our environment, our culture and our history,” said Ken Korth, head of the department of entomology and pathology. vegetable. “Kids of all ages will have a great time at the event.”
“We are pleased to once again host the Arkansas Insect Festival,” said Chad Mills, administrative director of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. “The event is fun for all ages and highlights the important role insects play in our environment and in our lives.”
Representatives from Arkansas State Parks, Master Gardeners and the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville join faculty and staff from the Division of Agriculture to provide exhibits and activities, including an arthropod zoo living. The festival will also feature professors of biology from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the U of A and the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University.
Two fan favorites return to the Insect Festival – the Butterfly House, complete with monarch butterflies, and Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Races. Visitors have the opportunity to hold and pet the cockroaches, which isn’t as gross as it sounds, and search for their favorites in the races.
Exhibit and activity booths are also provided by various festival partners, including the JB and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highland Nature Center, Historic Cane Hill, Terminix, Scott Family Amazeum, and Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership. Other highlights of the day will include a plant disease diagnostic clinic, a craft workshop table and a bee display.
The first Insect Festival was organized in 1993 by the entomologist of the experimental station Don Steinkrauswho recently retired but is still active in the event.
“Each of the festivals was a great success,” Steinkraus said. “We host about 3,000 people each year. The festival brings together entomologists and plant pathologists from across the state.
“It entertains people and educates people,” he said. “It’s awesome.”
A complete list of kiosks and activities is available at Arkansas Bug Festival.
Visitors can register for the festival online.
Free festival parking is available at the Animal Science Center and Agri Park, located on Garland Avenue across from Highway 112. A nearby walking path leads to the arena.
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