The Department of Entomology will host its first-ever Annual Insect Fair on April 18. The fair will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. on Mission Inn Avenue, between Orange Street and Lemon Street in Downtown Riverside.

The event will be organized by UCR’s Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) with help from the Botany and Entomology Undergraduate Association. The event will include over 60 booths hosted by vendors, educators from EGSA and UCR’s entomology department and event sponsors who include the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, ISCA Technologies and BioQuip.

“Our hope is that this event will not only showcase some of the excellent work that UC Riverside has become famous for, but also that it will help to foster more interest in STEM fields here in the Inland Empire and further cement Riverside’s place as a city of arts and innovation,” stated James D. Ricci, entomology graduate student and principal fair organizer.

The booths will contain books, equipment, tools and an array of supplies related to entomology. The fair will be free and open to the public.