Colorado State University today announced that the annual Ag Day celebration will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, before the Colorado State Rams take on Montana State University at Hughes Stadium at 1 p.m.
The well-known barbecue, which will be served from 10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., is a crowd favorite with a smorgasbord fit for big and little football fans alike. The annual feast, which celebrates Colorado’s agricultural heritage, will feature tasty treats such as lamb, beef, pork, beans, potatoes, ice cream, melons, apples, cheese and milk, wheat bread and soft drinks, as well as complimentary flowers.
Unfortunately, this year, because the celebration date was set late in the growing season, Olathe Sweet Corn will not be available; it could not be stored to adequately maintain freshness for the thousands who enjoy the annual celebration.
The celebration also includes live entertainment by K. C. Yates and Morning Star, from the stadium before the game. The band is provided by K99 radio, who will also be broadcasting live from the event.
Tickets for the Ag Day barbeque are $15; combination tickets for the barbeque and the football game are $40.
The National Western Stock Show is providing two Frontier airline tickets to anywhere the airline flies, including Mexico and Alaska, to be given out via a drawing of Ag Day ticket stubs at the NWSS booth that day.
Ag Day is a salute to agriculture, which ranks in the top three industries in Colorado and the nation, and to the farmers, ranchers and agricultural-related businesses supporting the industry. The non-profit event is hosted by Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado agricultural organizations and associations, and Colorado State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Proceeds of the barbecue fund scholarships to Colorado State.
During the barbecue, Jim Heird and Frank Pierz, both long-time coordinators of the event, will be honored. Both coordinators are retiring from Ag Day duty after this year to focus on other duties at the University.
For barbecue tickets or combination tickets, call (970) 491-6497. Game tickets without the barbecue option are available for $30 through the athletic ticket office at 970-491-RAMS.