PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will celebrate its heritage as a land-grant institution as well as Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 2.
The Land-Grant Day celebration will begin with an Extravaganza Fair from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the WSU Rugby Field across from the Lewis Alumni Centre. Student clubs in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics will sponsor a variety of games, displays and other activities that will show visitors the diversity of the college.
Club members also will sell lunch ($3), T-shirts, caps, plants, balloons and other goods and services to raise money for their activities.
Antique tractors, engines and equipment will be displayed around the perimeter of the Rugby Field from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., courtesy of the Lewis and Clark Antique Power Club.
Memorable Events, Inc., of St. John, will cater a barbeque beef dinner starting at 5 p.m. on the Rugby Field. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Entertainment will be provided by the Pony Express Band. Washington Beef of Toppenish donated the beef.
The annual college benefit auction will follow at 6 p.m. at the same location. The event raises money for student clubs, scholarships and helps fund the college alumni newsletter and other college alumni activities.
The Pony Express Band also will provide music for a country western concert and dance at 8:30 p.m. on the Rugby Field. Cost is $3 per person; $5 per couple.
The public is invited to all events.
Times for Land-Grant Day events may change if the scheduled 1 p.m. kickoff is altered.
Tax-deductible auction items are still being sought by the college Alumni and Development Office. Call (509) 335-2243 for details or more information on Land-Grant Day activities.
WSU was founded in 1890 under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862. The law provided grants of federal land to states for the support of colleges that would provide a practical education for the public, with special concern for those of rural background.
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