Cornucopia returns Sun.
Annual UConn festival features fun and educational events for all ages
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 13:09
Children look at sheep at last year’s Cornucopia Fest. The festival returns to UConn this Sunday wit
Cornucopia Fest is back and will take place this Sunday, Sept. 29 at UConn on Route 195 and North Eagleville Road.
Cornucopia Fest 2013 is open to all and free of admission on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also by an alumni sale at 11 a.m. and an auction at 1 p.m. The money raised from the auction will fund alumni scholarships for years to come.
The festival has a number of exhibits and demonstrations that are run by faculty, staff and students. There will be hayrides, farm visits and informational exhibits that will help you learn more about the environment, plants and animals. Scientists will be available to talk to students about any questions or interests they have. The festival will also have information on pet adoption from Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary located in Manchester.
The festival, started 19 years ago, helps increase the visibility of UConn and is also used as an outreach education event, according to Sara Putnam, the Director of Communications Assistant to the Dean for Human Resources. It is important for both the school and the community for people to be educated on how certain systems, such as compost, work. “Someone actually came to this event as a child with their parents and ended up joining the College of Agriculture,” said Putnam.
Although the open house for the fall semester of the College of Agriculture has already passed, this festival is an opportunity for students to learn more about the College of Agriculture as well as agricultural sciences in general. “The school of agriculture wants to show people that they aren’t just ‘cows and plows,’ there is way more than that,” said Nicole Fresta, a nutrition major who is participating in the festival on Sunday. Fresta, a senior here at UConn, found out about Cornucopia Fest from her advisor and her teachers, and joined last year in helping at the nutritional clubs exhibit. She started participating because she thought it was interesting how there is a festival right on campus that everyone from all different departments come together to show what they are planning on doing for the year.
The exhibits change every year, so even if you attended last year there will be different information and demonstrations to keep you interested. Whether you’re looking for an animal to adopt, or want to know the pH level of the soil here at UConn, there are plenty exhibits. For more information on Cornucopia Fest go to www.cornucopia.uconn.edu.