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UT Ag Day slated for Saturday

UT Ag Day slated for Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:02 pm

KNOXVILLE — Crickets, Gamecocks and cockroaches, oh my!
UT Ag Day on Saturday is a spirited event that serves as the annual street fair for alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. It will be held four hours before the Vols take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. It’s a chance for former classmates to reunite and new and old friends to gather.
The theme this year is New Places, New Faces! Ag Day will introduce some of the newest leaders of the Institute of Agriculture like UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Assistant Dean John Stier. Participants will also have a chance to see the nearly complete Brehm Animal Sciences and Food Science and Technology buildings, set for completion next spring.
Some people come just for the food and fun. Participants will have a chance to win autographed memorabilia from UT coaches Derek Dooley, Cuonzo Martin, Pat Summitt and Dave Serrano. Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing UT Knoxville’s mascot Smokey and visiting the Insect Petting Zoo — complete with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, a tarantula and a contest to see how far Ag Day goers can spit frozen crickets.
Visitors will also be able to listen to live music while enjoying a meal for purchase from the CASNR Student Livestock Association. Free ice cream and popcorn, moonwalk, face painting and an opportunity to tour UT’s nationally recognized Solar House round out the event.
A block of football tickets has been reserved. To purchase, visit Scroll over VOLS TIX and click on GROUP TICKET. Follow the instructions from there. The sign-in ID is agday11 and password is agriculture. Note that the sign-in information is case sensitive.
For more information, contact the UT Institute of Agriculture Development Office at (865) 974-1928.

Published in The Messenger 10.25.11

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