Join in the fun at Ag Day Saturday
Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 8:00 pm
KNOXVILLE — A three-hour festival in Knoxville on Saturday, hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, promises events and excitement for everyone.
Ag Day is an annual street fair held by the institute for alumni, friends and the general public. The event takes place on the university’s agricultural campus in Knoxville and starts four hours before the Vols take on the Troy Trojans, during UT’s homecoming weekend.
Fun Ag Day events this year include appearances by Charlie, the television personality of Farm Bureau Insurance, and the Vol’s mascot, Smokey. Ag Day’s ever-popular Insect Petting Zoo returns, offering chills and thrills, including the annual cricket-spitting contest, which is open to contestants of all ages.
This year’s Ag Day celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established land-grant colleges for education in agriculture and the mechanical arts.
Institute Chancellor Larry Arrington and other university leaders will unveil a historical marker commemorating the anniversary.
There will be displays, exhibits, giveaways, contests, tours, live music, events for children and free ice cream and popcorn. A ribeye meal will be available for purchase.
For more information, call (865) 974-1928.
Published in The Messenger 10.30.12