Mark your calendar now for UWM Day at State Fair Aug. 4

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee adds to the excitement of the Wisconsin State Fair this year with UWM Day on Sunday, Aug. 4. The fair’s Central Mall (across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion) will be the location for all things UWM.

Join UWM mascot Pounce the Panther as you marvel at the Panther-head tunnel and compare “Blowup Pounce” to the real thing. Kids can compete for prizes in the “Roar Like a Panther” contest, with sign-up at noon and competition at 12:30 p.m. Families can join in games that will go on throughout the day, with prizes like a UWM foam visor.

Sports clinics for kids span a number of UWM athletics teams, including women’s basketball (11 a.m.-noon), men’s soccer (noon-1 p.m.), volleyball (1-2 p.m.), women’s soccer (3-4 p.m.) and men’s basketball (4-5 p.m.). While fundamentals will be demonstrated and taught, the emphasis here will be on fun.

Check out the UWM Stage for exciting live entertainment. One of the featured performances planned by the Peck School of the Arts is a mini-concert by the New Horizons band at 11 a.m.

The UWM Alumni Association will be on hand with a trivia game that rewards those with the right answers about UWM, past and present. Former UWM students will find this a great place to meet and greet old friends as they learn more about all that the Alumni Association has to offer.

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.

Innovative Weather at UWM will demonstrate what goes into making a weather forecast and give fairgoers a hands-on opportunity to record a weather forecast on the Innovative Weather computer. This audio file can be emailed to “fair forecasters” to listen to at home and share.

The College of Nursing will provide a great photo op for kids, who can don scrubs, stethoscopes and gloves. Special giveaways will be offered to current and newly admitted students who show their student IDs.

The Baja car, built by College of Engineering & Applied Science students, always intrigues kids and “gearheads” with its rugged, dune-buggy look.

Finally, those wanting to express all that Panther Pride can head for the UWM Bookstore display to buy cool gear.

Plans are still in the works for UWM Day, so check back often for updates at uwm.edu.

For more information about the Wisconsin State Fair, visit www.wistatefair.com.