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Chemtoberfest fun all day Friday at SUNY Potsdam student union


POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Chemistry is perfecting a formula for fun with the college’s third annual Chemtoberfest, which features a variety of events throughout the day Friday.

The free family festival is meant to coincide with Oktoberfest, which kicks off Saturday in Germany’s Bavaria, and also honors National Chemistry Week.

“We plan for Chemtoberfest to be bigger and better than ever — third time’s a charm! Last year, we focused on the student involvement aspect of the event, by collaborating with a number of student-run organizations on campus. This year, we’ve reached out to campus departments and local business partners as well,” event chairman John C. Proetta said in a news release. Mr. Proetta is an adjunct instructor of chemistry.

The scientific celebration runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Barrington Student Union Plaza. The free event is family-friendly and will be offered rain or shine, with the event moving into the union if needed. Parking is available in Lots 31 or 20.

Part fall festival, part science fair, Chemtoberfest will offer a variety of activities to usher in autumn and promote science, including science demonstrations, a chemistry magic show, interactive activities and snacks provided by Potsdam Auxiliary College Education Services.

Attendees will have a chance to run across “oobleck,” a Dr. Seuss-inspired substance that has properties of both liquids and solids. They can also make flubber, and visit the alchemy station.

Fluorescent materials will be on display along with music in a “rave cave.” There will be cinema chemistry demonstrations, so guests can learn about the science behind the effects in the “Harry Potter”movies. Free face-painting will be offered all day.

Other activities include a reptile-petting zoo, demonstrations of forensic science and a do-it-yourself lava lamp station. Guests can also learn about the chemistry behind spray tanning and natural hair dyes. There will even be a helicopter landing at the event.

PACES will offer snacks like cotton candy, ice cream made with nitrogen, candied apples and popcorn, while students explain the science behind the treats.

For guests age 21 and older with ID, there will be tasting booths sponsored by two local vendors, High Peaks Winery and St. Lawrence Brewing Co.

For more information about Chemtoberfest 2013, contact Mr. Proetta at or call the Department of Chemistry at 267-2264.

SUNY POTSDAM Chemtoberfest performers:
The Chemtoberfest entertainment line-up Friday at SUNY Potsdam’s Barrington Student Union Plaza:
11:30 a.m.: Dr. Walker’s Band
Noon: Chemistry magic show
1 p.m.: Voices of Victory gospel choir
1:30 p.m.: Team NV dance team
2 p.m.: We Build Tomorrow
2:30 p.m.: The Homewreckers
3 p.m.: The A-Sharps
3:30 p.m.: The Potsdam Pitches
4 p.m.: Stay Tuned
4:30 p.m.: Potsdam Pointercounts
Of note: The Tap Dance Club and Northern Ice & Dance will also perform, as will the SUNY Potsdam Musical Theatre Organization.
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