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Fall Cornucopia educates and entertains
October 5, 1998

Sticky fingers and chocolate grins were prominent on September 27 as both young and old enjoyed Dairy Bar ice cream at the fourth annual Cornucopia Fest. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources held Cornucopia in conjunction with the University's Open House, to promote the college's academic programs, research endeavors and extension system.

Faculty, staff, and students were on hand to answer questions and run a variety of activities, including an informational session on common plant ailments, hay ride tours of Horsebarn Hill, guided hikes of the UConn forest, and a historical exhibit of 20th-century Connecticut agriculture.

"Cornucopia is a chance for the general public, current and prospective students to learn about the broad applications of agriculture and natural resources," said Patricia Jepson, academic advisory center director for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The festival is part of the college's outreach program to educate the community and the campus about the integral role agriculture plays in daily life, said Sara Putnam, assistant to the dean of the college. "Cornucopia is not just a showcase, it's a forum for people to ask questions."

Cornucopia drew a crowd of several thousand from both the University and the surrounding community. "This is the best turnout we've had to date," said Putnam. "Cornucopia has become a tradition that people look forward to."

Jennifer Ridder