Insect Competition 2022 Brings A great deal of Buggy Enjoyable to Northwest Arkansas

September 28, 2022

Lab technician Ben Gibson shows elementary school students a whip scorpion (not a real scorpion) and other insects from the Entomology Insect Zoo during the 2018 U of A Insect Festival.

Fred Miller

Lab technician Ben Gibson reveals elementary college college students a whip scorpion (not an actual scorpion) and different bugs from the Entomology Insect Zoo through the 2018 U of A Insect Competition.

The critters that provide the creeps appear friendlier on the U of A Insect Competition.

The 2022 competition is hosted by the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the analysis arm of the U of A System Division of Agriculture, and the Dale Bumpers School of Agricultural, Meals and Life Sciences on the U of A.

The free, one-day competition opens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 within the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Middle enviornment, positioned on the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Analysis and Extension Middle at 1335 W. Knapp Dr., Fayetteville.

“We love telling individuals about all of the cool issues that arthropods do, particularly simply how vital they’re in meals manufacturing, our surroundings and in our tradition and historical past,” stated Ken Korth, entomology and plant pathology division head. “Children of all ages could have a good time on the occasion.”

“We’re pleased to be internet hosting the Arkansas Insect Competition once more,” stated Chad Mills, administrative supervisor for the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology. “The occasion is enjoyable for all ages and highlights the vital function that bugs play in our surroundings and in our lives.”

Representatives of the Arkansas State Parks, Grasp Gardeners and the Scott Household Amazeum of Bentonville be part of Division of Agriculture school and employees to deliver reveals and actions, together with a dwell arthropod zoo. The competition may even characteristic biology school from the Fulbright School of Arts and Sciences on the U of A and the School of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State College.

Two fan-favorites return to the Insect Competition — the Butterfly Home, that includes Monarch butterflies, and the Madagascar hissing cockroach races. Guests have the chance to carry and pet the cockroaches, which isn’t as icky because it sounds, and root for his or her favorites within the races.

Show and exercise cubicles are additionally offered by a wide range of competition companions, together with the J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Household Ozark Highland Nature Middle, Historic Cane Hill, Terminix, Scott Household Amazeum and Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership. Different highlights for the day will embrace a plant illness diagnostics clinic, craft sales space desk and honeybee show. 

The primary Insect Competition was organized in 1993 by experiment station entomologist Don Steinkraus, who retired not too long ago however continues to be lively within the occasion.

“Each one of many festivals has been a giant success,” Steinkraus stated. “We get about 3,000 individuals every year. The competition brings collectively entomologists and plant pathologists from everywhere in the state.

“It entertains individuals and educates individuals,” he stated. “It is a blast.”

A full listing of cubicles and actions is accessible on the Arkansas Insect Competition.

Guests can register for the competition on-line.

Free parking for the competition is accessible on the Animal Science Middle and Agri Park, positioned on Garland Avenue throughout from Freeway 112. A strolling path close by results in the world. 

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In regards to the Division of Agriculture: The College of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and households by connecting trusted analysis to the adoption of greatest practices. Via the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts analysis and extension work inside the nation’s historic land grant training system. The Division of Agriculture is one among 20 entities inside the College of Arkansas System. It has places of work in all 75 counties in Arkansas and school on 5 system campuses. The College of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture provides all its Extension and Analysis packages and providers with out regard to race, colour, intercourse, gender id, sexual orientation, nationwide origin, faith, age, incapacity, marital or veteran standing, genetic data, or another legally protected standing, and is an Affirmative Motion/Equal Alternative Employer.

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