SECU Spotlights

BugFest 2018

Fat Cat and Bug Fest

On October 20th, SECU again had an opportunity to participate in BugFest, a day-long public educational event that takes place annually in downtown Raleigh. Despite being the makeup date due to inclement weather from Hurricane Florence, the turn out and energy were both high.

With over 100 booths and exhibits in and around the NC Museum of Natural History and along the Bicentennial Plaza, attendees, young and old, were able to explore the world of bugs with hands-on, interactive activities, many focusing on the "Bug of the Year." This year's theme arthropod was the crayfish.

Kari Wouk, Senior Manager of Educational Collaborations with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences expressed gratitude to all contributors, "BugFest is so huge; it takes every one of us to pull it off," she said. Noting the difficulty faced by the weather and having to reschedule, she said, "Our final count is 16,883 visitors, lower than usual, but great despite all our challenges – It really was a ‘cray-cray’ year!"

Keeping with the theme, SECU's "Pinch Your Pennies" booth was decorated with crayfish and included an insect and financial education trivia game, "Buggy Money." Visitors at the Credit Union's booth had the opportunity to talk with SECU employees and get creative at the coloring and face-painting stations.

There was also information on savings tips for the whole family, and of course, kids of all ages wanted their picture taken with FAT CAT, SECU's youth account mascot for members 12 and under. Erin Roache, BugFest event coordinator for the Credit Union, commented "SECU employees look forward to volunteering at the Credit Union's booth to help children learn more about the importance of saving money."

For more information on BugFest and other events provided by the NC Museum of Natural Science, please visit