Fermilab hosts successful Outdoor Family Fair

The mission of U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is to conduct experiments that push our understanding of the fundamental building blocks of matter. Part of that mission includes outreach to educate the public about the work done at the lab.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Fermilab’s Office of Education and Public Engagement hosted its Outdoor Family Fair, which brought the public to the lab to enjoy educational activities about some of its science, as well as to get a close look at Fermilab’s diverse site. The free event saw more than double the turnout of the last Outdoor Family Fair, held in 2019.

Fermilab’s 6,800-acre campus includes restored prairies, a rich ecology and a prized herd of bison, all of which were on display during the 2023 Outdoor Family Fair. Other activities included the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education exhibiting live raptors. Attendees could participate in a lab timeline scavenger hunt to learn about Fermilab’s history and future. Mr. Freeze put on his always popular liquid-nitrogen show, and a demonstration of quantum entanglement taught guests about basics of quantum mechanics.

Moments from the 2023 Outdoor Family Fair:

  • A bison mascot gives thumbs up to the camera while standing in between a family of four; the two boy children wear a red plastic firefighter helmet.
    Outdoor Family Fair guests enjoyed taking photos and high fives with the lab’s bison mascot. Photo: Dan Svoboda, Fermilab

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