UNI State Fair fun

State Fair 2011

This year we're paying homage to the 100th anniversary of the Butter Cow, in UNI style!

The 2011 Iowa State Fair is in full swing. More than one million fairgoers descend upon Des Moines each year to sample fair food, ride carnival rides, see the butter cow and jam out to a concert at the Grandstand.

And, we all know it wouldn’t be the fair without that Iowa heat, so visitors can flock to the Varied Industries Building where not only will they get some relief, but they can check out this year’s UNI booth.

Purple and gold take over a section of the building where UNI fans can stop by to chat with alumni, fill-up on free goodies, receive educational information and purchase UNI merchandise.

The booth is staffed entirely by UNI alumni volunteers and faculty and staff volunteers, so there’s always someone to share an experience with.

“Many of the visitors to the booth are alumni who love checking in to see what's new and sometimes share a favorite memory or two from their experience at UNI,” said Jess Nissen, marketing specialist at UNI. “Prospective students and their families also stop by to learn more about the university and get their questions answered.”

This year, UNI is also paying homage to the 100th anniversary of the butter cow – in distinctly UNI style, of course. And, let’s not forget about the ever-popular tattoos. Last year volunteers applied roughly 33,000 temporary Panther tattoos to fairgoers during the 10 days of the fair.

So, whether you’re a prospective student looking for some information, a die-hard UNI fan or someone who just loves the Iowa State Fair, stop by the UNI booth in the Varied Industries Building Aug. 11-21, because there’s something for everyone.

Temporary UNI tatoos at the state fair

Paul Below, Office of Sponsored Programs at UNI, applies temporary Panther tattoos to fairgoers.