UWM invites kids to ‘Roar like a Panther’ at State Fair Aug. 5

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee adds to the fun of the Wisconsin State Fair this year with UWM Day on Sunday, Aug. 5. (See video below.)

Join UWM mascot Pounce the Panther for the special “Roar like a Panther” contest. At 4:30 p.m., age groups 9-12 years, 8-6 years and 5 and under will compete for free Brewers tickets. Sponsored by the UWM Alumni Association, the contest will be emceed by former women’s basketball coach Sandy Botham.

The fair’s Central Park (across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion) will be the location for all things UWM.

From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., meet UWM’s cheerleaders, snap a photo with an inflatable Pounce and inspect the Pounce tunnel. Fairgoers also are invited to enter drawings for season tickets to Panthers men’s and women’s basketball, courtesy of UWM Athletics. Members of the women’s soccer team (11 a.m.), men’s soccer team (noon), women’s volleyball team (1 p.m.) and men’s basketball team (2 p.m.) will demonstrate and share their skills.

Exciting live entertainment is planned, with an acoustic guitar performance from 1-2:30 p.m. and the rock band American Monroe from 3-4:15 p.m.

Who doesn’t love prizes? The UWM Alumni Association will be on hand with a trivia game that rewards those with the right answers about UWM, past and present. The School of Continuing Education hosts a social media trivia contest all day (with prizes on the hour), Panther face painting from 9 a.m.-noon and a palm reader telling “professional future fortunes” from 1-5 p.m.

WUWM will have kids’ games, drawings, freebies and chances to meet on-air staff from this National Public Radio station. Learn “How to be a Reporter” from those who bring the news to listeners every day. Friends of the Golda Meir Library will be on hand to distribute free bookmarks and hand out membership info.

Those wanting to show their Panther Pride will head for the UWM Bookstore display to buy cool gear and snag one of the free UWM sling bags handed out to the first 1,000 visitors. For the first 200 kids, there’s “Make It/Take It,” a spray-paint T-shirt activity.

Everyone should head to the bean bag toss for a chance at prizes, or make a statement at the Facebook photo op. A special kids’ tent will offer temporary tattoos and free cookies. Props for photo ops include a giant backpack, huge T-shirt and the (almost) antique, fun and funky “World’s First Stereophones” – provided by the maker, Koss Corporation. Also, the first 6,000 visitors to the UWM area will receive a Panther Paw fan.

The Baja car, built by College of Engineering & Applied Science students, always intrigues kids and “gearheads” with its rugged, dune buggy look. And in just a glimpse of what UWM’s College for Kids offers, some of this summer’s participants will present a showcase of singing, dancing and acting from 9-10 a.m.