Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 10, 2013

Bugfest crawls into third year at Virginia Tech

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Get into the fall spirit with all the creepy, crawly creatures at the 3rd Annual Hokie Bugfest.

The Virginia Tech Department of Entomology and Virginia 4-H will sponsor the 3rd Annual Hokie Bugfest at the Inn at Virginia Tech on October 19, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“This is an event for families and adults, 2 to 92. Anyone interested in insects and their relatives, science and learning should love this event. It is an opportunity to learn and have fun. It has a history, even though this is only the third year, to inspire young people to grow an interest in entomology,” Dr. Mike Weaver, professor of entomology and Virginia Cooperative Extension director of Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs said.

“I started the Hokie Bugfest in 2011 to highlight the efforts our students and our department makes with youth education. Our 4-H program has partnered with us,” Weaver said.

“Last year we had over 3,600 people in attendance. We expect an increase in numbers this year. We are expanding our bug zoo, adding a second floor of events, increasing the size of our apiculture exhibits for beekeepers and the public, adding a luminescent bug cave, a silkworm exhibit, and continuing with the many neat and fun activities we have done in the past,” Weaver said.

 These include arts and crafts, science and discovery, and informative displays about pests, pesticide safety, and beneficial insects and their relatives, Weaver said.

 “We have over 100 tarantulas, scorpions, whipscorpions, mantids, beetles, and cockroaches in our biggest attraction — the bug zoo,” Weaver said.

 “We also have exhibits about ticks, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and other important and health-related pests of humans and our animals. We have a wonderful haunted "bug" house, the Hokie Bird will be there in the afternoon and the Hokietron in the morning,” Weaver said.

The event is free and open to the public.

Details and schedule of events can be found at www. hokiebugfest.org

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com