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Ag Day marks 30th anniversary

July 25, 2011

At the 30th anniversary of CSU Ag Day on Sept. 10, state commodity groups will serve a feast of fresh, Colorado-grown food. The menu will include beef, lamb, pork, beans, potatoes, onions, wheat and dairy products, green salad, watermelon and more.

The 2011 Ag Day menu will include lamb, beef, pork, beans, potatoes, apples, dairy products, melons, and soft drinks. Image by CSU Photography.Saturday, Sept. 10
9:30-11:30 a.m.
South side, Hughes Stadium
 

Mark your calendar: Ag Day 2011 will be a memorable 30th anniversary event featuring:

  • Special entertainment,
  • Game-day friendship and, of course,
  • A delicious sampling of Colorado-grown food.

Ag Day, hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, is an annual feast that attracts up to 3,500 people and spotlights Colorado fare – in many cases, commodities that have blossomed with help from agricultural research at Colorado State University.

Football news

Ag Day will precede the home-opener football game pitting the CSU Rams against the University of Northern Colorado Bears. Game kickoff is set for noon.

The match-up is sure to make Ag Day a hot ticket for Northern Colorado. So it’s apt that Sept. 10 will be an “orange out.” That means fans and players will sport CSU’s original aggie colors – pumpkin orange and alfalfa green.

Football tickets are available in the combination package (BBQ and football game). Your seats will be in the north end zone. If you need football tickets only, west side football tickets are available through CSU Rams.com

Pull up a straw bale and mingle with us at the 30th anniversary of CSU's Ag Day! Image by CSU Photography.Ag Day’s focus: scholarship fund-raising

The game-day spirit befits the purpose of Ag Day: Since its inception, the event has raised money for scholarships granted to deserving students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Each year, Ag Day proceeds contribute to between 12 and 15 student scholarships amounting to $2,000 each.

Add it up, and that’s a significant amount of educational benefit. Since 2000 alone, Ag Day has funded more than 125 scholarships totaling more than $225,000 for agricultural students.

Last fall Kaitlin Wright, a student with a double major in animal science and equine science, wrote a thank you to Ag Day Coordinator Dennis Lamm:

My family is a middle-class family and has found it difficult to support my education so that I can reach my lifelong goals, which is why I am deeply grateful for the gift that helps students like me reach their goals in agriculture.

Lamm said he encourages all Ag Day scholarship recipients, both past and present, to attend the 30th anniversary event. Scholarship recipients and longtime Ag Day supporters will be among those offered special thanks during the Ag Day stage program.

Special entertainment

There will be more on stage: Trent Loos, a Nebraska-based radio personality who broadcasts a program called “Rural Route,” will be the day’s emcee; he revels in celebrating rural America. Bob Purcell and the Outriders, a country-western band from the Greeley area, also will entertain the crowd.  

So plan to pull up a straw bale beneath the iconic Aggie “A” on the foothills; enjoy a good meal and some anniversary fun – all in the name of helping to educate CSU students while celebrating the bounty of Colorado agriculture.

Start off with ag friends

In keeping with tradition, the College of Agricultural Sciences will host an Ag Day Kickoff reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery at the Collindale Golf Course, 1441 E. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins.

Those attending will hear from college Dean Craig Beyrouty, a member of the Ag Day committee, and a CSU football coach. Cost is $10; food is included, and a cash bar will be available. Please RSVP by calling (970) 491-4601.

Donate directly

Can’t make it to Ag Day, but still want to support scholarships? That’s easy. To make a donation directly to the Ag Day Scholarship Program, visit our online giving page.


Contact: Jim Beers
E-mail: jim.beers@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6401