MSU to join Michigan State Fair activities

The Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will take part in the Michigan State Fair from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

August 28, 2017 - Eileen Gianiodis

NOVI, Michigan – The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) will take part in the Michigan State Fair from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

Activities will feature MSU Extension education in gardening, disease prevention and management, and food safety, and activities for youth.

MSU Extension educators and Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions and offer Smart Gardening educational materials. Smart Gardening is an initiative that helps people become great gardeners while being environmentally savvy and SMART. It offers new and experienced gardeners real-life techniques that they can adopt and implement in their yards and gardens to save time and money and protect the environment.

From academic success to lifelong relationships, social and emotional health play a big part in healthy families and communities. MSU Extension educators who are well-versed in these areas will have information and resources for youth, parents and families.

MSU Extension educators who work with people to prevent and manage diseases such as  diabetes will also be on hand throughout the fair to offer simple steps, recipes and tips for living a healthy life.

Youth activities, including a commodity carnival, crafts, Legos and archery, will also be featured and staffed by MSU Extension educators who regularly work with youth in communities throughout the state.

For the first time, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) joins MSU at the State Fair to offer back-to-school tools and activities. Trusted PBS learning resources and useful tips for parents will help get the whole family ready for the school year. There is a special giveaway that any  student will be proud to take to school, as well as fun and educational activities. PBS’s Daniel the Tiger will visit the State Fair on Thursday, August 31, and promises to stop by the MSU booth. It’s all part of DPTV’s efforts to empower kids, parents and teachers.

Food is the centerpiece of a new Michigan State University public awareness campaign led by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. A major goal of “Food @ MSU. Our Table” is to educate consumers to make informed decisions about their food and their health, said Ronald Hendrick, dean of the CANR.

A fun part of the Food@MSU campaign is a contest to win a seat at Our Table for the MSU Homecoming game. Information about Food@MSU as well as ways to enter the contest will be available at the fair.

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