Ag Day 2014: Food, fun and football – all for scholarships

Thousands of Colorado State University students, alumni and friends are expected at Ag Day 2014, the 33rd annual football-day feast of Colorado-grown food.

Ag Day will run 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 on the south side of Hughes Stadium off Overland Trail in Fort Collins. The barbecue is open to the public and precedes the football game between the CSU Rams and Tulsa Golden Hurricane ; kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Advance meal tickets cost $17 each and may be purchased in combination with football tickets. Tickets and information are available on the Ag Day website at http://agday.agsci.colostate.edu/.

Ag Day showcases the bounty of Colorado agriculture while funding scholarships for students in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. During 2013-14, 19 CSU students received Ag Day scholarships.

“The College of Agricultural Sciences is pleased to help host Ag Day. It’s a hallmark event at CSU, and draws more than 3,000 people for a delicious game-day meal and a celebration of our state’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Craig Beyrouty, college dean and event co-chair. “Beyond the fun, it’s amazing to consider how many students have benefitted from Ag Day scholarships.”

Colorado’s leading commodity groups partner with the College of Agricultural Sciences to plan the event and provide the Ag Day feast.

The menu includes Colorado beef, pork, lamb, potatoes, beans, wheat and dairy products, watermelon and drinks.

Ag Day highlights

  • Farm-themed activities for kids
  • Farm displays
  • CSU agricultural student groups

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a State of Colorado Proclamation that designates Oct. 4, 2014 as CSU Ag Day.

“This ‘green’ event encourages consumers to buy locally,” the Proclamation states in part. “CSU and its partners continue to help ensure a positive future for Colorado’s agricultural industry – an industry that plays a vital role in our state’s economy.

For more information, visit the website: http://agday.agsci.colostate.edu/ or call (970) 491-6274.

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