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Kids and Bugs Go Well Together: Check Out the Dixon May Fair

Dixon May Fair Youth Building superintendent Building superintendent Stephanie Hill (left) of Yuba City and assistant building superintendent Pat Connelly of Vacaville hang bumble bee pillow, the work of Solano County 4-H'ers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Kids and bugs go well together. Take the entries in Today's Youth Building at the 143rd annual Dixon May Fair, which opened Thursday, May 10 and continues through Sunday, May 13. Some of the exhibitors focused on honey bees, butterflies, dragonflies,...

Dixon May Fair Youth Building superintendent Building superintendent Stephanie Hill (left) of Yuba City and assistant building superintendent Pat Connelly of Vacaville hang bumble bee pillow, the work of Solano County 4-H'ers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dixon May Fair Youth Building superintendent Building superintendent Stephanie Hill (left) of Yuba City and assistant building superintendent Pat Connelly of Vacaville hang bumble bee pillow, the work of Solano County 4-H'ers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon May Fair Youth Building superintendent Building superintendent Stephanie Hill (left) of Yuba City and assistant building superintendent Pat Connelly of Vacaville hang bumble bee pillow, the work of Solano County 4-H'ers. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Ryan Anenson, 16, of the Tremont 4-H Club, Dixon, took this blue-ribbon winner, close-up of a bee. Overlapping the photo are plant leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeper Ryan Anenson, 16, of the Tremont 4-H Club, Dixon, took this blue-ribbon winner, close-up of a bee. Overlapping the photo are plant leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Ryan Anenson, 16, of the Tremont 4-H Club, Dixon, took this blue-ribbon winner, close-up of a bee. Overlapping the photo are plant leaves. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jake Vinum, 15, of Vacaville, won a blue ribbon for his wall hanging, titled
Jake Vinum, 15, of Vacaville, won a blue ribbon for his wall hanging, titled "Horseshoe Spider," cleverly crafted with a horseshoe and "spider legs." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jake Vinum, 15, of Vacaville, won a blue ribbon for his wall hanging, titled "Horseshoe Spider," cleverly crafted with a horseshoe and "spider legs." (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Khole Cahoon, 13, of Vacaville won a blue ribbon for her chocolate ganache cupcakes, decorated with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Khole Cahoon, 13, of Vacaville won a blue ribbon for her chocolate ganache cupcakes, decorated with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Khole Cahoon, 13, of Vacaville won a blue ribbon for her chocolate ganache cupcakes, decorated with bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Francis Agbayani, 12, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacavile, is displaying his 4-H project,
Beekeeper Francis Agbayani, 12, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacavile, is displaying his 4-H project, "Don't Bee Making Mistakes," a blue-ribbon winner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeeper Francis Agbayani, 12, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacavile, is displaying his 4-H project, "Don't Bee Making Mistakes," a blue-ribbon winner. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fun at the Fair with Entomologists and Insects

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, enjoys showing insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If fair time is fun time--and it is--just add insects to make it even more fun. Entomologists from the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, will showcase insects, both specimens and live critters, in the Floriculture Building at the 143rd annual Dixon...

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, enjoys showing insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, enjoys showing insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the butterfly and moth specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, enjoys showing insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are
Madagascar hissing cockroaches are "a huge hit with kids," says entomologist Jeff Smith of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are "a huge hit with kids," says entomologist Jeff Smith of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis entomology graduate student Charlotte Herbert will be tabling an activity at the Dixon May Fair on Saturday, May 12. She recently showed scorpions at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. Under a black light, scorpions fluoresce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis entomology graduate student Charlotte Herbert will be tabling an activity at the Dixon May Fair on Saturday, May 12. She recently showed scorpions at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. Under a black light, scorpions fluoresce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis entomology graduate student Charlotte Herbert will be tabling an activity at the Dixon May Fair on Saturday, May 12. She recently showed scorpions at the UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day. Under a black light, scorpions fluoresce. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's more fun than an arthropod? Two arthopods! Pictured are a spider, a rose-haired tarantula--and an insect, a  Madagascar hissing cockroach. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What's more fun than an arthropod? Two arthopods! Pictured are a spider, a rose-haired tarantula--and an insect, a Madagascar hissing cockroach. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What's more fun than an arthropod? Two arthopods! Pictured are a spider, a rose-haired tarantula--and an insect, a Madagascar hissing cockroach. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 5:39 PM
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Crowd-Pleasing Hamilton Will Be at Dixon May Fair

Meet Hamilton, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Hamilton and another scorpion named Celeste on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you missed seeing Hamilton, not to worry. Hamilton will be at the 142nd annual Dixon May Fair on Friday, May 12. Not the crowd-pleasing Broadway musical, but a crowd-pleasing scorpion named Hamilton, a resident of the UC Davis Bohart Museum of...

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Meet Hamilton, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Hamilton and another scorpion named Celeste on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meet Celeste, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Celeste and another scorpion named Hamilton on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer holds his two scorpions, Celeste (left) and Hamilton. Fairgoers will be able to see and photograph them on Friday, but not hold them. Scorpions are venomous. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This scorpion sculpture, made of hex nuts, is the work of Roberto Ortiz of the Dixon FFA and is displayed in the Dixon May Fair's Youth Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dave Hutson, superintendent of the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building, stands in front of a bee-decorated exhibit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meet Buggy, a 275-pound Berkshire hog raised by Sophia DeTomasi (shown), 10, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club. Trying to photobomb this image is her sister Toni's hog named Bea. They share a pen in the Dixon May Fair Livestock Barn.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is the Bohart Museum's sexual dimorphism display. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet Hamilton, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Hamilton and another scorpion named Celeste on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meet Hamilton, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Hamilton and another scorpion named Celeste on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet Hamilton, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Hamilton and another scorpion named Celeste on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet Celeste, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Celeste and another scorpion named Hamilton on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meet Celeste, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Celeste and another scorpion named Hamilton on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet Celeste, a scorpion owned by Wade Spencer, an undergraduate entomology student at UC Davis and an associate of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Spencer will display Celeste and another scorpion named Hamilton on Friday afternoon, May 12 in the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer holds his two scorpions, Celeste (left) and Hamilton. Fairgoers will be able to see and photograph them on Friday, but not hold them. Scorpions are venomous. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer holds his two scorpions, Celeste (left) and Hamilton. Fairgoers will be able to see and photograph them on Friday, but not hold them. Scorpions are venomous. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

UC Davis entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer holds his two scorpions, Celeste (left) and Hamilton. Fairgoers will be able to see and photograph them on Friday, but not hold them. Scorpions are venomous. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This scorpion sculpture, made of hex nuts, is the work of Roberto Ortiz of the Dixon FFA and is displayed in the Dixon May Fair's Youth Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This scorpion sculpture, made of hex nuts, is the work of Roberto Ortiz of the Dixon FFA and is displayed in the Dixon May Fair's Youth Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This scorpion sculpture, made of hex nuts, is the work of Roberto Ortiz of the Dixon FFA and is displayed in the Dixon May Fair's Youth Building. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dave Hutson, superintendent of the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building, stands in front of a bee-decorated exhibit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dave Hutson, superintendent of the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building, stands in front of a bee-decorated exhibit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dave Hutson, superintendent of the Dixon May Fair's Floriculture Building, stands in front of a bee-decorated exhibit. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet Buggy, a 275-pound Berkshire hog raised by Sophia DeTomasi (shown), 10, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club. Trying to photobomb this image is her sister Toni's hog named Bea. They share a pen in the Dixon May Fair Livestock Barn.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Meet Buggy, a 275-pound Berkshire hog raised by Sophia DeTomasi (shown), 10, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club. Trying to photobomb this image is her sister Toni's hog named Bea. They share a pen in the Dixon May Fair Livestock Barn.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Meet Buggy, a 275-pound Berkshire hog raised by Sophia DeTomasi (shown), 10, of the Vaca Valley 4-H Club. Trying to photobomb this image is her sister Toni's hog named Bea. They share a pen in the Dixon May Fair Livestock Barn.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Bugs to the Fair: From UC Davis to the Dixon May Fair

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterflies and moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, will be at the Dixon May Fair (Floriculture Building) on Saturday, May 13 to showcase insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The theme of the 142nd annual Dixon May Fair set Thursday, May 11 through Sunday, May 14, is "Farm to Fair." But you could also say: "Bugs to Fair!" That's because the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, will have a...

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterflies and moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, will be at the Dixon May Fair (Floriculture Building) on Saturday, May 13 to showcase insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterflies and moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, will be at the Dixon May Fair (Floriculture Building) on Saturday, May 13 to showcase insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterflies and moths at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, will be at the Dixon May Fair (Floriculture Building) on Saturday, May 13 to showcase insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches, aka
Madagascar hissing cockroaches, aka "hissers," are popular at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Madagascar hissing cockroaches, aka "hissers," are popular at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A walking stick at the Bohart Museum of Entomology changes hands. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A walking stick at the Bohart Museum of Entomology changes hands. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A walking stick at the Bohart Museum of Entomology changes hands. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies from the Bohart Museum of Entomology are sure to draw attention at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies from the Bohart Museum of Entomology are sure to draw attention at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Butterflies from the Bohart Museum of Entomology are sure to draw attention at the Dixon May Fair. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Did You Hear the Buzz?

Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you attended the 141st annual Dixon May Fair, held May 5-8, and saw the honey bee display in Madden Hall, you probably heard the buzz. In keeping with the theme, "Buzzing with Excitement," bees buzzed in the bee observation hives as fairgoers singled...

Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Fisheye view of the honey bee display at Madden Hall, Dixon May Fair. In front is Cammie Garton, fair employee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon May Fair's Cammie Garton stands by an observation hive in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Dixon May Fair's Cammie Garton stands by an observation hive in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Dixon May Fair's Cammie Garton stands by an observation hive in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These decorated bee boxes are the work of youths in Garry Haddon's beekeeping project, Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
These decorated bee boxes are the work of youths in Garry Haddon's beekeeping project, Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

These decorated bee boxes are the work of youths in Garry Haddon's beekeeping project, Vaca Valley 4-H Club, Vacaville. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One display featured this interactive exhibit from UC Davis:
One display featured this interactive exhibit from UC Davis: "Guess if I'm a pollinator or not?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One display featured this interactive exhibit from UC Davis: "Guess if I'm a pollinator or not?" (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Protective equipment--bee suits, gloves and smokers--lined a fence in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Protective equipment--bee suits, gloves and smokers--lined a fence in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Protective equipment--bee suits, gloves and smokers--lined a fence in Madden Hall. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:11 PM

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