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September 30, 2003   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
September 30, 2003

AUBURN, Ala. -- The 24th annual Taste of Alabama Agriculture and Fall Roundup will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at Ag Heritage Park on the Auburn University (AU) campus.

Billed as the season's biggest tailgate party, the event features a smorgasbord of food items--traditional and exotic--that are either grown or processed in Alabama. Among the expected taste delights will be orange and blue potatoes, collard greens, catfish, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, goat, Satsuma oranges, kiwifruit, pecans, peanuts and many other delicacies.

Entertainment will include a bluegrass band composed of agricultural faculty and friends and visits from such special guests as Aubie (AU's official mascot), the AU Pep Band and the AU cheerleaders.

The event also includes an auction, complete with professional auctioneers. Each year, a wide range of items, such as hunting and fishing trips, vacations and toys, are sold at the auction. All auction proceeds go to the Ag Alumni Association Fall Roundup Scholarship Fund.

Exhibits from academic departments, student organizations and commodity and agribusiness groups will be on display. A miniature syrup mill and cotton gin will be included among the displays, as will Old Nancy, an antique steam tractor. A special children's section will feature a petting zoo, pumpkin painting and face painting.

"This year's Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture will feature more agricultural commodities and organizations than ever before," said Martha Patterson, chairperson of the event. "We have invited many more participants to bring along their foods, products and exhibits, which we hope will truly represent the broad spectrum of Alabama's agricultural sector."

The location of the event--AU's Ag Heritage Park--is convenient to the stadium for game-goers. It also offers AU friends and alumni a chance to see the exciting progress being made on the park, said Robert Hensarling, director of Ag Heritage Park. Ag Heritage Park is located at the site of AU's Old Red Barn on Samford Avenue in Auburn and celebrates the past, present and future of agriculture in the state. It also serves as a tribute to Alabama's farmers and agriculture's impact on the state and is a gathering place for College of Agriculture students, faculty, alumni and friends throughout the year. Each year Roundup and Taste of Alabama festivities draw some 1,500 alumni, friends and non-agricultural visitors who come to enjoy the food, fellowship and fun. The public is encouraged to attend.

The event will last from 9 a.m. until one hour before kickoff of AU's homecoming game against Louisiana-Monroe. Admission is free for active Ag Alumni Association members and for children 6 years of age and under. Nonmembers can purchase tickets at the gate for $5.

For more information, contact Patterson at 334-844-3595 (patterms@auburn.edu) or Hensarling at 334-844-3596 (hensara@auburn.edu).

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