With the Homecoming football game between Auburn University and Louisiana Tech University only a few days away, Auburn fans and students are preparing for a week rich in university traditions. From the revamped homecoming parade on Friday afternoon to the eagle flight before the game and hopefully a rolling of Toomer's Corner afterward, Auburn faithful will cover campus with spirits not afraid. A traditional way for fans to start their Saturday morning is with the 2014 Ag Roundup and the Taste of Alabama.
Hosted by the Agricultural Alumni Association the event is at Ag Heritage Park, located at the intersections of South Donahue and Lem Morrison drives, and will start at 10 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.--one hour before kickoff. Guests will have the chance to sample food from more than 40 vendors, all representing the diversity of Alabama food production. (Photo credit right: Opelika Auburn News)
"Our faculty and students love what they do in the College of Agriculture and there isn't a better way to showcase that than through our work, which just happens to be food," said Amanda Martin, student recruitment and alumni relations coordinator for the College of Agriculture. "Through this event we can show others how important our work is to making the world a better place."
Dean William Batchelor and Auburn University head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will welcome guests at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Farmer's Pavilion near the entrance to Ag Heritage Park. There will be live music by Jessie Lynn, a sophomore majoring in agricultural communications, a "Tiny Tigers"area with hands-on activities for children, a milking demonstration by Alabama dairy farmers and a silent and a live auction.
Event admission is a $5 charge at the gate, which includes all the food you care to eat; all proceeds benefit scholarships for College of Agriculture students.
"If you're looking for a great place to enjoy delicious food and great music in a family atmosphere, Ag Roundup is the place to be on gameday," Martin said. "More than $20,000 is raised from this event each year by our Agricultural Alumni Association, which all goes to scholarships for students. This is a great way for the Auburn family to give back."
The Ag Roundup and Taste of Alabama event was started in 1979 by the Agricultural Alumni Association with the purpose, "to provide an event for alumni to come home to, promote the diversity and contributions of Alabama agriculture and to raise money for College of Agriculture students." This is the 35th year the event has provided the public with a better understanding of agriculture and the impact it has on Alabama's economy.
"This event not only helps us reconnect with alumni, but also allows us to educate the community and prospective students about the importance of agriculture," Martin said. "We believe in building a cleaner, healthier, happier place to live--improving lives for billions, this is what we do."
(Photo credit left: College of Agriculture)
For the event schedule or parking information, go to the event page on the College of Agriculture website.
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