KOKOMO, Ind. – The red and white sponsor tent buzzed with a flurry of activity at the Miami County 4-H Fair Thursday (June 23) as representatives from Indiana University Kokomo shared in the fair excitement.
During the first IU Kokomo Day, faculty, staff, and students mingled with fairgoers, offering free water, handheld fans, and information about the campus. In addition, the young and young-at-heart lined up to have their picture taken with the Cougar mascot and spin the “Wheel of Fortune” for fun IU Kokomo prizes.
“This has really been the best tent and the place to be today,” said Lisa Miller, who stopped by with her children. “The kids have been looking forward to coming to the fair and really liked spinning the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and winning free IU Kokomo stuff.”
While the Cougar mascot made his rounds on the fairgrounds and in the Exhibit Hall, members of the IU Kokomo men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams used a T-shirt launcher to shoot free Cougars T-shirts into the crowds sitting at the Grandstands.
Winning a T-shirt, James Thomas was just as pleased to collect enrollment information.
“I was really surprised when I was walking through the fairgrounds and saw the IU Kokomo tent,” said Thomas, 19. “I’ve wanted to apply to IU Kokomo, but needed more information about how to go about it. I want to major in nursing and become a registered nurse, and I know IU Kokomo has a really good nursing program.”
Tyana Lange, director of enrollment management, was pleased with the crowds despite the rainy weather.
“This has been a great day for IU Kokomo. We have met many wonderful people here in Miami County,” Lange said. “We plan to be back next year!”Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.