The nearly 200,000 West Virginians who attend the annual State Fair each summer picture themselves as blue-ribbon winners, concert-goers, and amusement park riders. But, this year they can also picture themselves as college graduates, doctors or even astronauts when they visit the West Virginia University Building.

WVU will showcase programs and opportunities from nearly 20 colleges and departments from Aug. 10-18 in Fairlea, W.Va. The University’s fair theme is “Picture Yourself at WVU,” and WVU provides opportunities to do just that in the building and beyond.

“You can step into the WVU Building, put on a band uniform and take your photo in front of a backdrop of Mountaineer Field,” said Ann Bailey Berry, WVU Extension Service associate director. “But, you can also figuratively picture yourself going back to college or majoring in business.”

More than 150 faculty, staff, students and volunteers will be representing WVU at this year’s State Fair with exhibits, theme days and fair-friendly educational demonstrations at the nine-day event.

Each day the WVU Building will house a theme, starting Friday, Aug. 10, with “Picture yourself learning something new.” From planting a seed to building robots – you can learn something new every day at WVU and in the WVU Building at the State Fair.

Attendees can also picture themselves as leaders (Saturday, Aug. 11), researchers (Sunday, Aug. 12), in college (Monday, Aug. 13) and as Mountaineers (Thursday, Aug. 16).

Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble will be making his way through the WVU Building and fair grounds on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities will take place each day under the direction of WVU’s student STEM Ambassadors.

Visitors are urged to bring their cameras to the event to take part in the numerous photo opportunities offered by the WVU Building.

Fair-goers will have the opportunity to play Are You Smarter Than a 4-H’er? and_ Label Mabel_ and to explore healthier food options at the fair by participating in Foods for Thought.

The “Put Yourself in the Pride” exhibit will return this year, giving the public the rare chance to feel what it is like to be a member of WVU’s award-winning marching band. Participants can wear the famous gold and blue uniform.

Participating colleges and programs include WVU Extension; University Events, WVU Health Sciences WVU Online, College of Business and Economics Facilities and Services Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources AgrAbility Family Nutrition Program Student Affairs Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design West Virginia Association of Counties; Higher Education Policy Commission; NASA W.Va. Space Grant; Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the College of Human Resources and Education.

The fair is held in the town of Fairlea, near Lewisburg, in Greenbrier County. For more information on the fair, go to www.ext.wvu.edu/events/state_fair.

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