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Thirty-four Year Tradition Celebrated as Excitement Builds for Ag Arama 2009 at the U of M, Crookston
January 9, 2009

Contact: Terrill Bradford, instructor, animal science, 218-281-8108 (tbradfor@umn.edu), Henry Wilson, assistant professor, soil science, 218-281-8140 (wils1252@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (January 9, 2009) – It’s been 34 years running, but the annual Ag Arama weekend, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, 2009, still ignites excitement at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Most of the activities take place on Saturday, Jan. 31, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus.

The weekend begins with contests for students in agronomy, horticulture and natural resources beginning on Friday, January 30 at noon. Friday evening from 6-8 p.m., the Animal Science Association will host a chili feed for $5 per person in UTOC.

Ag Arama features contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources. The contests are an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by faculty members from the Agriculture Department Terrill Bradford, animal science instructor and Assistant Professor Henry Wilson who teaches soil science.

On Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the animal showmanship contests begin and the public is welcome to watch the competition as it unfolds in both novice and experienced categories. Students compete in western and English horse showmanship, lamb lead, and dairy, beef, sheep, and swine showing.  The novices are paired with experienced students prior to the contests to prepare for the day.

From 9 a.m. to noon, there is an ag industries show and a picnic style lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. The national anthem will be followed by coronation of the Ag Arama royalty at 1 p.m. Several games and competitions, including men’s and women’s crosscut saw contests, log splitting, and others, will begin at 1:45 p.m. The day’s activities culminate with the awards presentation at 3 p.m.

Alumni from the U of M, Crookston are invited to a social at the Irishman’s Shanty in Crookston from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Capping off the weekend will be the Ag Arama dance at the Crookston Armory featuring Southpaw Sound.

For more information about Ag Arama, contact advisors for the event Terrill Bradford at 218-281-8108 (tbradfor@umn.edu) or Henry Wilson at 218-281-8140 (wils1252@umn.edu).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.