West Virginia University will celebrate the third National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey Thursday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Mountainlair Plaza.

Odyssey is a biennial nationwide event dedicated to the promotion and use of AFVs, such as cars powered by biodiesel or ethanol, and advanced technology vehicles, such as hybrids.

With the recent concerns about high gas prices, the countrys dependence on foreign oil and the environment, AFVs and advanced technology vehicles are becoming increasingly popular.

Odyssey attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about alternative fuels by watching a biodiesel demonstration and by viewing seven AFVs and advanced technology vehicles on display.

Free food and T-shirts (while supplies last) will be available, and participants may enter a drawing for a free Apple iPod. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

National AFV Day Odyssey was created in 2002 by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, headquartered at WVU . In 2004, 54 sites in 34 states/provinces throughout North America participated. This year, Odyssey will be simultaneously celebrated by 60 sites across the country as well as in Canada and Germany.

For more information on National AFV Day Odyssey, visit the official Web site,www.nationalafvdayodyssey.org.