Intercom Online......September 24, 1998

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Honey bees, like those shown on entomologist Scott Camazine,
will be among the bugs featured at the Great Insect Fair Sept. 26.
Photo: © Scott Camazine

Cricket-spitter to be
featured at Great Insect Fair

Most people only spit bugs out of their mouths when one ends up in the potato salad at a backyard barbecue. But for Dan Capps, spewing insects has meant worldwide acclaim for being the planet's best cricket-spitter.

Capps will bring his unusual talent to the 1998 Great Insect Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, on the University Park campus. Sponsored by Penn State's Department of Entomology, the event is held in and around the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building.

In addition to being listed in the Guinness Book of Records for propelling crickets out of his mouth (32 feet was his record effort), Capps also owns an extensive collection of exotic insects, which will be on display during the event. Visitors will be able to challenge the champion in a cricket-spitting contest.

Many activities are planned throughout the day, including Insect Olympics, an Insect Deli, face painting, storytelling, an insect art area, build-a-bug contest and tours of the Frost Entomological Museum.

Admittance to the Great Insect Fair is free, although donations will be accepted to help defray costs.

For more information, call the entomology department at (814) 865-1895.

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