Friday, April 6, 2012

Alfred University Spring Weekend includes activities for families, community

Alfred University welcomes students, families, and Alfred residents to the 2012 Spring Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 20-22. The celebration is a fundraising event for several Allegany county charities, and a number of special events and activities will take place throughout the weekend.
The weekend will kick off Friday with the annual Pine Hill Derby at 6:30 p.m. on Pine Hill at the north end of campus. Sponsored by AU’s chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers, students are invited to race homemade vehicles down the hill. There will also be a barbecue for spectators beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Also on Friday at 8 p.m., O.A.R., an American rock band, will perform in the Carnegie Parking Lot. Tickets are available for pre-sale at the Center for Student Involvement Office in Powell Campus Center. Tickets are $10 for AU students and $20 for the general public.
Alfred’s annual Hot Dog Day celebration is Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with the Hot Dog Day Wellness 5K Walk/Run led by Jennifer Pharr Davis, female world record holder for through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Everyone is welcome to participate in this community event, which will cost $5 for students and $15 for the general public. The walk/run begins at the Village Bandstand on Main Street.
At noon, the Alfred Lions Club will be hosting a chicken barbecue at the Fire Hall on Main Street, which will run until the chicken is gone.
The Hot Dog Day Festival, one of Alfred’s oldest traditions, will run on Main Street on Saturday from noon -5 p.m. The festival features booths, arts and crafts, carnival rides, raffles, and, of course, hot dogs! All proceeds will benefit local charities.
At 1 p.m., the society of Women Engineers will host their annual Hot Dog Launch at Tucker Field. Student teams will use homemade launching devices to propel hot dogs and compete for prizes.
The Mud Olympics, Hot Dog Day’s official sporting event, will take place at 2 p.m. at Tucker Field. Teams compete in mud volleyball, tug-of-war and wheelbarrow racing, and the winning team will receive free t-shirts.
Comedian Michael Dean Ester will perform in the Knight Club at Powell Campus Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Twice nominated for “Comedian of the Year” and “Best Male Performer by Campus Activities Magazine, Ester is a prominent college and university comedian with hard-hitting material focusing on campus life. His performance will be open to the public free of charge.
Spring Family Weekend will conclude Sunday with a community clean-up at 12:30 p.m. beginning in front of Kanakadea Hall. Campus Life Council and Philanthropy Club will lead clean-up efforts to give back to the community after a weekend of festivities. Garbage bags and plastic gloves will be provided.
For a complete schedule of 2012 Spring Family Weekend events and activities, visit

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