Come meet Cam the Ram, enjoy a brewerâ€™s festival, see live-stock shows, ride carnival rides and more while learning about new things CSU has going on at CSU Day at the Larimer County Fair at The Ranch in Loveland this Saturday.
The free event offers a great opportunity for the CSU Alumni Association to reach out to those interested in the university, especially CSU alumni, said Elisa Shackelton, director of Colorado Outreach for the CSU Alumni Association.
â€œAlumni relations is about keeping people engaged with the university, and the fair is a good chance to keep people excited about CSU,â€ she said.
CSU Day, Shackelton said, will include activities that people have came to expect at a county fair as well as booths and presentations to keep people up to date about what is going on at CSU.
â€œItâ€™s a great time to see everyone out in their green and gold,â€ Shackelton said.
The â€œHome Grownâ€ theme for the fair aims to promote and celebrate the way of life for residents of Larimer County.
This yearâ€™s fair will include returning events such as Bill Hames Carnival, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo, a pancake breakfast, family movie night and firework shows.
The new events include the Gnarly Barley Brew Fest, Timberworks Lumberjack show and Splash Dogs.
The Gnarly Barley Brew Fest will be from 1 to 6 p.m. on CSU Day and will include live music, food and more than 20 varieties of beer to sample.
For $15, festival-goers receive a tasting mug and six tokens for any four-ounce sample. Additional samples are available for an extra buck each.
The â€œVIP experienceâ€ is available for $50 and includes early admission, â€œall the four-ounce samples you can responsibly consume,â€ a Gnarly Barley T-shirt, tasting mug, souvenir pint glass, bottled water and complementary buffet, according to the Gnarly Barley event website.
VIP tickets are limited and must be purchased before the event.
Splash Dogs can be seen each day of the fair, and will include a dock-jumping competition.
CSU Day will be capped off with a fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.
Last year, 74,000 people attended the fair, the most in the eventâ€™s history, and that number is expected to increase, according to the event website.
Shackelton said that they are expecting between 10,000 and 20,000 people to attend the fair on Saturday, which provides a great opportunity to promote and talk about CSU.
One program that the university is trying to promote is the opportunity to take classes and earn a degree away from campus.
Hunt Lambert, associate provost for Continuing Education, will be putting on a presentation about the programs CSU is offering.
The goal, Lambert said, it to make people aware that there are opportunities to continue their education beyond campus.
There will be 15 million people, that will take a distance education class this year in the United States and 3,500 of them will be from CSU, he said.
â€œI want people to understand that distance education is no longer a niche program. It is a mainstream form of education,â€ he said.
Distance education is particularly important, he said, because recent research has shown that unemployment is significantly higher for people who have not finished high school, and much lower for those who have graduated from college.
â€œThe chances for employment go way up and income goes way up (with a college education), Lambert said.
Also, CSU offers a more affordable, higher quality alternative distance education program compared to private companies, he said.
Distance education, he said, encompasses online, extended classroom and remote classroom classes.
_Staff Writer Nick Childs can be reached at email@example.com. _
CSU Day schedule
Where: The Larimer County Fair and Rodeo is located at The Ranch.
11 a.m.: Colorado State Forrest Service Puppet Tree Show
1 p.m.: CSU Education, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development by Hunt Lambert
2:30 p.m.: Colorado State Forrest Service Puppet Tree Show
4 p.m. Crops for Health presented by Henry Thompson
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