Kids swarm to Hokie Bugfest

Children of all ages enjoy the displays of live spiders, cockroaches, and other critters at the Hokie Bugfest.

Children of all ages enjoy the displays of live spiders, cockroaches, and other critters at the Hokie Bugfest.

More than 3,600 kids and adults who participated in the second annual Hokie Bugfest got to be entomologists for a day as they painted with cockroaches, examined bedbugs, and gazed at tarantulas.

“You only needed to look at the kids’ wide eyes and big smiles to know how big of a success this event was,” said Mike Weaver, entomology professor and director of the Virginia Tech Pesticide Program.

The Oct. 20, 2012, event at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center was put on by the college, the Department
of Entomology, and Virginia 4-H.

Perhaps the biggest testament of the success of the event came soon after it was over. A mother who attended with her family from Mechanicsville, Va., reported that her 11-year-old son had spent several days in his backyard digging up ants so he could start his own colony.

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