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Advisory: Wake Forest group to collect used oil at Dixie Classic Fair

October 4, 2006

The Wake Forest University Bio-diesel Project, a Wake Forest University group interested in making and promoting biologically-based fuels, is collecting used French-fry, funnel-cake and other waste oil from the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds each morning before the fairgrounds open Oct. 5-6.

The group collected about 1,000 gallons during the 2005 Dixie Classic Fair and expects to collect as much or more this year. The Dixie Classic Fair management agreed again to give the used oil to the group, whose mission is to research the production of fuel based on materials such as vegetable oil instead of petroleum and to teach the public about the uses, benefits and opportunities of bio-fuels.

Wake Forest seniors Sarah Maveety and Jennifer Lubbeck will be among the handful of Wake Forest students, faculty and staff working with David Anderson, professor of biology at Wake Forest, to collect the oil each morning before the fairgrounds open.

Here is the planned schedule for oil collection:

  • Thursday, Oct. 5: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 6: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The group will process the oil into bio-diesel fuel and give some of it back to the fairgrounds to use in their off-road vehicles.

Contact the Wake Forest News Service to arrange to meet the group while they are collecting the used oil.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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