FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Thousands of kids spent Thursday at the Arkansas Insect Festival at the University of Arkansas. 

Some of the events include cockroach races, a butterfly house and arts and crafts.  

This is the 16th year of the festival, which is held every other year since 1993. 

“It’s a chance for us to strut our stuff and show what we have in our insect museum, our live arthropods and bring awareness of bugs to the public,” said Dr. Don Steinkaus, professor of entomology for the University of Arkansas. 

It takes more than 100 volunteers to put on the event at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center.