Katie Smith, 334/844-5887


AUBURN -- The 20th annual Taste of Alabama Agriculture and Fall Roundup will be Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at historic Ag Hill on the Auburn University campus.

Billed as the season's biggest tailgate party, the Taste features dozens of food items either grown or processed in Alabama. Included among the taste delights will be blue and orange potatoes, collard greens, fried and blackened catfish, pork, beef, lamb, satsuma oranges and many other delicacies.

Music will be provided by the Agri-Opry, which consists of College of Agriculture faculty and friends who play in local bands. Guests include Aubie, the AU Pep Band, The AU cheerleaders and many more.

Included in the event will be an auction, complete with professional auctioneers. Hunting and fishing trips, beach vacations and many valuable items will be sold during the auction. Proceeds from the event will go to the College of Agriculture Scholarship Fund.

Exhibits from academic departments and commodity groups will be on display. Included among the displays will be a miniature, but operational, syrup mill and cotton gin. There will a petting zoo and face painting for children and many other family-oriented activities.

"This year's Taste of Alabama Agriculture takes on a special meaning since it will be the last one held on Ag Hill because of construction of the new Poultry Science Building," said Martha Patterson, chairperson for the event. "We also are kicking off a fund raising campaign for Heritage Park, which we hope will be the future home of the Taste of Alabama Agriculture and Ag Roundup."

Since the Taste of Alabama Agriculture was combined with the Ag Alumni Association's Ag Roundup, attendance has grown from a few hundred alumni to nearly 2,000 alumni, friends and the general public who want to sample the food and good times. The public is encouraged to join the Taste party, which lasts from 9 a.m. until the 1 p.m., kickoff of the Auburn-Central Florida homecoming football game. Tickets will be on sale at the gate.

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CONTACT:Patterson, 334/844-3198.