Plans for second annual Spring Game Fan Fest announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State athletics and the Wildcat football program will host the second annual Spring Game Fan Fest Weekend on April 20-21, department officials announced today.

A number of activities for fans of all ages are planned around the centerpiece of the weekend – the 2007 Spring Game on Saturday, April 21, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

In addition to the game, which will kick off at 6 p.m., K-State’s second annual Spring Game Fan Fest Weekend will once again include a carnival and midway, a children’s fun zone, live music, a state-level barbeque competition and a battle of the bands contest. In addition, a car show has been added to the lineup of this year’s festivities.

The weekend’s events get underway on Friday, April 20, with a pair of K-State spring traditions – the 23rd annual editions of the Powercat Golf Tournament and the Kansas State athletics department’s Powercat Auction. The golf tournament will tee off at 10 a.m. at Colbert Hills, with the auction taking place at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, the Kansas State baseball team will host Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.

Saturday’s full slate of festivities begins with KSU Wildcat BBQ Battle, in Cat Town at 7 a.m., with competition taking place in both the professional and tailgate categories. Check-in for the car show, which features judging in a number of categories, follows at 9 a.m.

The carnival and midway, which proved to be a smash hit during last year’s inaugural Fan Fest, opens at 11 a.m. in the West parking lot of Snyder Family Stadium. The county fair-style carnival features several rides and a number of game booths. Fans must hold a ticket to the Spring Game to gain entry to the carnival and midway. Once inside, all rides and games will cost just $1 each.

Car show judging along with food vendors and live music in Cat Town will also open at 11 a.m., as will Willie’s Fun Zone, which features games and activities for children in K-State’s indoor practice facility.

At 2 p.m., the K-State baseball team returns to the diamond at Tointon Family Stadium to battle Oklahoma and the battle of the bands competition begins in the East parking lot of Snyder Family Stadium.

Tickets for K-State spring football game, which last year drew nearly 32,000 fans, are priced at $5 for the general public and $2 for students and youths. A complimentary spring game ticket is also included with the purchase of a 2007 season ticket.

Following the game, players and coaches will cap the day-long celebration on the field with a one-hour autograph session for the fans.

For the second straight year, Kansas State’s Spring Game will feature two, non-interchangeable teams coached by the program’s coordinators. The contest will also run like an actual, full-speed game and will not include situational elements. Additionally, the K-State Pride of Wildcat Land marching band will also be split into two units, with one playing for the purple team and the other playing for the white.

2007 SPRING GAME FAN FEST WEEKEND SCHEUDLE

FRIDAY – APRIL 20, 2007

10:30 a.m. – 23rd Annual Powercat Golf Tournament: Kansas State will host the 23rd Annual Powercat Golf Tournament at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. Registration for the four-person scramble format tournament begins at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start following at 10 a.m. The entry fee to play in the tournament is $150 per person. Teams or individuals interested in pre-registering for the event may contact Bernie Haney at 785-532-5162.

5:30 p.m. – 23rd Annual Powercat Auction: Kansas State will host the 23rd Annual Powercat Auction at Bramlage Coliseum. The auction features numerous unique and unforgettable trips as well as one-of-a-kind opportunities that make it a must for any true K-State fan. Proceeds from the Powercat Auction benefit the Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund, which provides over 350 scholarships to K-State student-athletes. For more information on the auction, please contact Lon Floyd at 785-532-7707.

6:30 p.m. – Kansas State vs. Oklahoma Baseball Game: Catch the Wildcats and Sooners battle in Big 12 baseball action at Tointon Family Stadium. Adult tickets are price at $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Youth tickets are priced at $2.

SATURDAY – APRIL 21, 2006

7:00 a.m. – KSU Wildcat BBQ Battle: Cooking begins in both the professional and tailgate division in Cat Town. The Grand Champion of this state-level competition will be designated as an official State Champion of Kansas, which will allow the winner to enter the American Royal Barbeque Contest, the nation’s most prestigious barbeque contest. For rules and entry information, please contact Lon Floyd at 785-532-7707.

11:00 a.m. – Carnival Midway opens: Admission to the county-fair style carnival and midway located in the West parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, complete with multiple rides and numerous game booths, is accessible only with a spring game ticket. All rides and games will cost just $1 each.

11:00 a.m. – Car Show Judging begins: Check-in for the inaugural Spring Game Fan Fest Car Show starts at 9 a.m. followed by judging at 11 a.m. Cars will be judged in the following categories: best interior; best paint; most original; high performance; best in show; all purple. The registration fee is $10. Individuals interested in entering a car into the show must register online at www.k-statesports.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

11:00 a.m. – Willie’s Fun Zone opens: Willie the Wildcat and Kansas State’s cheerleaders will host a fun zone for kids, complete with games, face painting and tattoos inside the K-State football indoor practice facility. Admission is free.

11:00 a.m. – Food service opens in Cat Town: Top-notch local barbecue vendors as well as a beer garden will be open and ready to serve.

11:00 a.m. – Live music in Cat Town: Local musical talent takes the stage in Cat Town.

2:00 p.m. – Kansas State vs. Oklahoma Baseball Game: The Wildcats and Sooners battle in game two of their weekend series at Tointon Family Stadium. Adult tickets are price at $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Youth tickets are priced at $2.

2:00 p.m. – Battle of the Bands: An event for K-State students. The contest, which will be held in the East parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, will decide the ultimate Wildcat band. The contest will wrap up at 5:40 p.m. Please contact Joni Weinman at 785-532-5769 for entry information.

6:00 p.m. – Spring Game kicks off

Postgame – Autograph session: Fans are invited to join head coach Ron Prince, the coaching staff and players for a one-hour autograph session on the turf of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

– k-statesports.com –


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