Calendar Announcement – Annual Barbecue Feast Set for Sept. 24, Football Season Home Opener

The tradition of Colorado State University’s annual homestyle Ag Day barbecue will continue from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 before the 4 p.m. kickoff of the Rams’ first 2005 home football game against the University of Nevada-Reno.

The Ag Day barbecue, a 24-year-old tradition that honors the university’s heritage, features Colorado fare such as lamb, beef, pork, beans, potatoes, corn on the cob, apples, ice cream, homemade wheat bread, melons, milk, pop, water and beer brewed with barley raised by Colorado farmers, in the south parking lot at Hughes Stadium on Overland Trail between Drake and Prospect roads. Colorado-grown flowers also will be available.

The celebration of Colorado’s agricultural heritage and the university’s roots in agriculture takes place each year at the stadium, under the university’s historic A on the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir. The A, which is made of piled rocks and is white-washed each year by Colorado State students, dates to the years when the university’s mascot was Aggies.

In addition to the barbecue, which is attended by about 3,500 people, the day includes displays, live music and a live radio broadcast from K99 radio before concluding with the football game. Proceeds of the barbecue fund scholarships to Colorado State.

Ag Day is sponsored by Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado agricultural organizations and Colorado State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Tickets for the Ag Day barbeque are $15 and are available at (970) 491-6497. All football tickets must be purchased from the Athletic Ticket Office at (970) 491-7267; combination barbecue and game ticket packages are no longer available.