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August 9, 2002

Fairgoers to see if they measure up to “Sue”

Foot of Tyrannosaurus rex at Tech Town

young girl comparing human foot to Sue's footVisitors to this year’s Illinois State Fair will have the chance to measure the size of their foot to that of Sue, the world’s largest, most complete, best preserved, and most famous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Thanks to the generosity of the Field Museum, a plaster cast of Sue’s right foot will be available for viewing daily at the Illinois State Board of Education’s exhibit in Tech Town. This model is identical to Sue’s actual foot and is used for educational and research purposes.

The Illinois State Museum is providing other skeletal feet to compare to Sue’s foot. After viewing the exhibit, children may visit the Museum in the Classroom website to link-up with the Field Museum and learn the complete history of Sue.

The cast is about 4’ x 6’ and about 3’ high!!! And we thought the size of Shaquille O’Neal’s size-22 shoe was impressive!

Tech Town is open each day of the fair from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Illinois State Fair starts today and runs through August 18 in Springfield.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777