Dan Gable to drop by UI booth at State Fair Aug. 15

The Iowa State Fair is ongoing at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, and The University of Iowa will spend Aug. 15 hosting specialized exhibits on religions in Iowa and Japanese culture. Former wrestling coach Dan Gable also will be in attendance.

UI exhibits scheduled for Aug. 15:

  • Learning About Japan, presented by UI International Programs, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Native Japanese speakers will create nametags for fairgoers in Japanese characters; origami paper will be on hand for making paper cranes to take home; and colorful International Programs temporary tattoos will be available. Traditional Japanese clothing, toys, and crafts also will be on display.
  • Exposition of Religions in Iowa, presented by the Department of Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 3–9 p.m. In an exhibit modeled on the first “World’s Parliament of Religion” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, religious studies undergraduate and graduate students will be joined by faculty to provide information about the world’s religions. A video presentation will scroll through images from various religions represented in Iowa.

The booth will feature appearances by former Hawkeye standouts. Mark Ironside (wrestling, 1995–98) and Guy Bilek (football, 1965–67) will be at the booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while Dan Gable (wrestling) and Brian Mitchell (baseball, 1996–99) will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m.

If you venture away from the UI booth, you can find the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) interactive station in the Department of Natural Resources facility, highlighting the close partnership between the two organizations in Iowa’s efforts to better monitor and prepare for flooding. IFC staff and students will demonstrate IFC online tools, as well as bridge-mounted stream stage sensors.

The fair continues through Sunday, Aug. 21. Visit www.iowastatefair.org for more details about the Iowa State Fair.

Visit www.uiowa.edu/statefair for more details about the UI booth.

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