CSU’s Ag Day will be Sept. 25
FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University will celebrate its agricultural roots Sept. 25 with the 29th annual CSU Ag Day barbecue, which invites vendors to show off what Colorado agriculture brings to the table while raising money for scholarships.
Following the barbecue, the CSU Rams kick off the home football season in pumpkin-orange jerseys to commemorate the university’s original Colorado A&M Aggies colors — pumpkin orange and alfalfa green — when they take on the University of Idaho.
Tickets sold to the barbecue will help raise money for scholarships awarded to CSU College of Agricultural Sciences students. Twelve $2,000 scholarships were awarded for the 2010-2011 school year.
“With this financial help, I will be able to work further toward my education in working with horses and help my family in prolonging my education into graduate school,” said Kaitlin Wright in a news release. She is a CSU animal and equine science student and Ag Day scholarship winner for the 2010-2011 academic year.
“I plan to receive a Ph.D., and this scholarship will help me reach that goal,” she said.
The barbecue menu includes Colorado-grown lamb, beef, pork, beans, dairy products, produce, watermelon, cinnamon rolls and other foods. Barbecue attendees can wash down meals with Pepsi products and Colorado-brewed beer, with all beer sales going directly to the scholarship fund.
Ag Day activities also include live music from Kenny Cordova and the Olde Rock Band, agricultural displays, a drawing for two round-trip tickets on Frontier Airlines, a performance from the CSU marching band and visits from CSU President Tony Frank and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp.
“What started 29 years ago out of the back of a pickup as ‘beef day’ for a few fans has turned into a major CSU event,” said Dennis Lamm in the news release. He is professor in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Ag Day organizer. “Now, Ag Day is a way to show everyone what Colorado agriculture can do and raises money for scholarships for deserving students.”
As evidence of Ag Day’s growing popularity, Gov. Bill Ritter issued a proclamation that named Sept. 25, 2010, “CSU Agriculture Day.”
Ag Day honors the university’s rich agricultural tradition, as well as the importance of the agriculture industry in the state. Agriculture is the second-largest industry in Colorado, providing more than 86,000 jobs and bringing in more than $12 billion to the economy.
The barbecue will be served from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the south parking lot of Hughes Stadium on Overland Trail between Drake and Prospect roads. The game starts at 2 p.m.