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 Park (across from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion) is the location for all things UWM. Just look for the UWM blimp! Special “passports” earn fairgoers a prize when filled in with stamps at UWM Day stops.
Join UWM mascot Pounce the Panther as you check out the Panther-head tunnel and compare “Blow-up Pounce” to the real thing. Kids can compete for prizes in the “Roar Like a Panther” contest, with sign-up noon-12:45 p.m. and competition at 1 p.m. Families can join in games throughout the day, with prizes like UWM sunglasses and UWM foam visors. A Shishkaball game features a hyperball prize for kids.
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.), baseball (1-2 p.m.), women’s soccer (3-4 p.m.) and men’s basketball (4-5 p.m.). While fundamentals are demonstrated and taught, the emphasis is on fun. Lucky winners of season tickets to various UWM teams can witness in person the excitement of Panther Fever.
Check out the UWM Stage for exciting live entertainment. Performances planned by UWM’s Peck School of the Arts include acoustic guitar performances from 9-10:45 a.m. and a mini-concert by the New Horizons band at 11 a.m. Two additional bands entertain: The Minority at 2-3:30 p.m. and Ambiance at 4-5:30 p.m.
The UWM Alumni Association plans to 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 features 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 demonstrates what goes into making a weather forecast and gives 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 School of Continuing Education offers Panther face painting, True Colors Personality Quiz, social media “Like” contest and a presentation by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Pose in cap and gown at the Graduate School display, where informational flash drives and reusable shopping bags are available to a limited number of visitors.
The College of Nursing provides a great photo op for kids, who can don scrubs, stethoscopes and gloves. A special game incorporates an anatomy lesson. Giveaways of school supplies can be obtained by current and newly admitted nursing students who show their student IDs. The Zilber School of Public Health, with the booth theme “Healthy Snacking,” incorporates the TMJ4 State Fair Food Quiz and offers alternatives.
The Baja car, built by College of Engineering & Applied Science students, always intrigues kids and “gearheads” with its rugged, dune buggy look.
The School of Freshwater Sciences highlights aquaponics and features Will Allen from Growing Power with information on urban agriculture. Displays on water safety and robotics educate as well as entertain.
The School of Information Studies offers 3D printer demonstrations and shows how the MKE County Mobile App works. At the Department of Admissions and Recruitment area, find fun giveaways and great info on the university.
Finally, those wanting to express all that Panther Pride can head for the UWM Bookstore display to buy cool gear.
For more information about the Wisconsin State Fair, visit wistatefair.com.