Don’t miss the UF/IFAS Ag-Xtension Fall and Insect Festival, there’s plenty to see, learn and do for all ages on October 21

Plenty of activities for all ages.

Are you looking for more than the traditional fall fair? Then mark your calendars for the UF/IFAS Ag-Xtension Fall and Insect Festival on Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gather the entire family and set your GPS for the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County grounds at 8400 Picos Road, Fort Pierce. There is something for everyone throughout the day.

The lineup offers free activities and workshops for the family to enjoy, including microgreen and strawberry workshops, a mega plant sale, a 4-H petting zoo, youth gardening activities, pumpkin painting contests for ages 5 to 14, and much more. There’s plenty of shopping available from more than a dozen craft vendors signed up to sell their local products. A separate line of booths will feature resources and services offered at the county and city levels. There’s even a career booth for anyone interested in entomology.

This year’s event has expanded, offering festivalgoers an opportunity to tour the nearby UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), complete with trams arriving every 15 minutes. Don’t miss your chance to see what scientific discoveries are underway. If your youth loves bugs, there is also an insect fest at the Extension grounds led by the UF/IFAS Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory.

“This will be fun science Saturday for the entire family,” said Danielle Shalginewicz, a specialist with the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County Master Gardener Volunteer Program (MGV). “With an estimated five million insect species on this planet, IRREC scientists like Carey Minteer aim to showcase the wonderful world of insects with activities such as the Bee waggle dance demonstrating how bees communicate, a butterfly building activity, and cockroach races – yes, you read that right.”

For those interested in free workshops, there is a variety to choose from, but registration is required to make room for everyone. Here is a look at registration links to plan your day:

For more information, please contact Shalginewicz at 772-462-1445 or email at


By Lourdes Mederos,


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS brings science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.  |  @UF_IFAS


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Posted: October 2, 2023

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