As thousands of fans flood Auburn University for this year’s homecoming football game Oct. 1, one of the largest tailgate parties on campus will kick off its 37th year serving up Alabama-grown and -processed food at Ag Heritage Park.
Co-sponsored by Auburn’s Agricultural Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture, the 2016 Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture will open four hours before the Auburn–Louisiana Monroe football game and wrap up an hour before kickoff.
The College of Agriculture’s Amanda Martin said Ag Roundup’s goal is simple — increase public awareness of agriculture while raising funds for College of Agriculture scholarships.
Last year’s Roundup drew more than 2,600 football fans and raised a record $28,850 for scholarships.
“For 37 years, we’ve welcomed alumni and the community to learn more about the impact food and related industries have on Alabama and beyond,” said Martin, the college’s alumni relations coordinator. “The scholarship money we raise immeasurably helps students so they, too, can improve the agricultural industry.”
The delightful treats served at Ag Roundup range from bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and fried catfish to steamed edamame and collard greens.
In addition to food, Ag Roundup features children’s activities, informative displays and silent and live auctions.
Admission to Ag Roundup is $5 per person, with children 6 and under admitted free. Activities will be set up on the South Donahue Drive side of Ag Heritage Park, with the main entrance located between the Alabama Farmers Pavilion and Ham Wilson Livestock Arena.
Corporate sponsors for 2016 include John Deere, SunSouth LLC, TriGreen Equipment and Milo’s Tea Co.
For more about Ag Roundup, to donate auction items or to reserve exhibit space, email Amanda Martin at email@example.com.