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Staff at the State Fair.

University Relations staffers Peg Wolff and Carolyn Manthei-Lund had a blast volunteering at last year's state fair.

Volunteer for the state fair

By Laura Johnson

Published July 8, 2005

The 2005 Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner and you, too, can be a part of this great annual event. This year's fair runs August 25 to September 5 and will feature fun activities and great people from all the campuses, several Twin Cities campus colleges, the Bell Museum, Academic Health Center, athletics, the alumni association, Extension Service, Physics Force, University of Minnesota Press authors, and more.

Mark your calendars for Maroon and Gold Day on Sunday, August 28, which will again feature the annual "Know Your U" trivia contest, hosted by J. B. Eckert aand Rick Moore.

Goldy's Guide to the Fair

Departments, colleges, and campuses that will have a presence at the fair are invited to be listed in this fair-goers' guide to all the places they can find University of Minnesota representatives and exhibits. It also helps U representatives around the fairgrounds assisting visitors who are looking for specific University exhibitors. Contact Laura Johnson at University Relations as soon as possible!

Volunteers are needed to be the face of the U in the University's building on Dan Patch Avenue. It's a beehive of displays and non-stop activities, including an entertainment stage outside. Many alumni and friends of the U stop by, but for thousands of state fair visitors, it's their only real contact with Minnesota's flagship university.

Whether you've been eyeing a stage host post since last year, or are clamoring to distribute this year's maroon and gold backpacks to the masses, there are many opportunities for volunteer efforts throughout the 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Slots are filling up fast. E-mail Laura at with your availability and interest. And for those who may miss a great volunteer opportunity, you can still show your U pride by stopping by and cheering on your colleagues. Don't forget to wear your maroon and gold!