The University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center will be celebrating its 100th birthday Thursday, Sept. 19 in Waseca.
Staff have planned a variety of informative displays, door prizes, games and events to mark the day. A forest invasive species clinic and "Ask a Master Gardener" booth will have experts ready to identify weed, disease and insect problems and offer recommendations for control. Learn about the Minnesota grape industry and sample locally produced wines. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will also offer "Germ City," a special project that illustrates the importance of proper hand-washing.
Visitors are encouraged to join the fun and sign up at registration to compete in a corn husking contest. U-M mascot, Goldy Gopher, will make a guest appearance. Children can participate in 4-H activities and games, navigate their way through the corn maze, maneuver the aqua robots, and learn how to milk a dairy goat. Visitors can ride on the horse-drawn trolley, buy maroon and gold M wear and gifts and sample and purchase meat and cheeses produced at the University.
A historic collection of cloth seed corn bags will be on display. See piglets and calves, and learn the difference between a llama and alpaca. You might even hear a turkey gobbling. Sign up to win door prizes including grand prize drawings for two hog halves, fully processed and packaged.
The SROC Centennial Celebration will be held, rain or shine, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a brief program at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. A picnic supper will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Center is located on the west edge of Waseca (Elm Avenue and Co. Rd. 57).
For more Centennial Celebration information, please contact your local or regional Extension office or call SROC at 507/835-3620.