5th Annual Hokie BugFest

October 2015 - 10 am to 5 pm (TBA)

Hokie BugFest is a festival to promote the fun and excitement of the science of entomology and to celebrate the legacy of William Bradford Alwood - Virginia Tech's first entomologist. This Extension outreach event is hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology in cooperation with Virginia 4-H and the department's W. B. Alwood Entomological Society.

Our department's graduate student service organization, the W. B. Alwood Entomological Society do much of the work in hosting the event. We are so very proud of this group. Since its inception in 1966, this student-run professional organization has hosted over 30,000 school students through our labs and at related events in the region.

We continue to work with Virginia 4-H to enhance our 4-H entomology program. This summer we hosted our first Hokie Bug Camp in cooperation with 4-H. Our graduate students led this effort. This complements their many tours and other activities throughout the year. Last year we worked with several 4-H camps, including the annual 4-H Congress, which helped us refine our camp curriculum. In addition, several 4-H clubs collected insects to enter into a competition the Hokie BugFest. In 2013, we awarded Tazewell 4-H (4th and 5th graders) the first and second place awards. This year things picked up. We had winners in all five categories. Winners came from King George, Pulaski, and Carroll counties to win the best in show, first, second, third, and honorable mention awards. We are hoping this continues to further increase this activity next year.The winners took home some nice prizes. If your child or 4-H club is interested in participating in these activities, please contact us. For more information, please call (540) 231-6543 and ask for Stephanie Blevins.

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