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New at the fair: Edible bugs

Sample some of the sustainable proteins at the Bug Bar, at Bug Ology. By Sarah Baines For the Times-Call

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ll things creepy, crawly and slimy will be in attendance at Boulder County Fair’s first-ever Bug Ology exhibit, where kids of any age are invited to view both live and animatronic bugs, mingle with butterflies in a butterfly feeding garden, and even feast on bugs at a bug bar. The free rainforest-like exhibit, put on by California’s Pacific Animal Productions, will debut from 5 to 7 p.m. on the fair’s first day, Friday, Aug. 2, and will continue to host an estimated

“It’s very colorful, it’s set in a rainforest, and I think the kids will have a better understanding and appreciation for bugs after visiting. We hope they will walk away realizing some aspect they didn’t know before.”

25,000 visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from until the fair’s last day, Sunday, Aug. 11. The bugs can be seen and eaten at the Boulder County Fairground’s Exhibit Building at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. Laura Boldt, the Boulder

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to Bug Ology,” Boldt said. “It’s very colorful, it’s set in a rainforest, and I think the kids will have a better understanding and appreciation for bugs after visiting. We hope they will walk away realizing some aspect they Laura Boldt didn’t know before.” Although admission to the Boulder County Fair director event is free, children will have the opportunity to purchase and sample edible County Fair director, first thought to bring the educa- bugs through a science, technology, engineering, tional exhibit to Longmont after experiencing it herself and mathematics learning at a trade show, and immedi- experience, while learning about different bugs and ately recognized its educational potential and benefits. their respective sustainable “I think it’s the education- proteins. See BUGS, pg. 15 al part that drew us

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2019 Boulder County Fair Guide  

2019 Boulder County Fair Guide