TIFTON — Students and alumni will turn the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus into a vacation paradise April 5-10 as the campus community celebrates a Stallion Staycation for the 2021 Homecoming Celebration.
Lynda Fisher, ABAC alumni director, said both new and traditional homecoming activities will be featured throughout the week.
“It has been refreshing to be able to plan events again and to see the students’ excitement that their clubs will be able to compete for the Stallion Cup during the week of homecoming,” Fisher said. “My hope is that this time next year we will be in full swing and have our homecoming as we have known it in the past.”
Events during the week will be both on campus and virtual. Most events are invitation only, but the remembrance service, the alumni vs. students softball game and the Horticulture Club plant sale are open to the public, college officials said in a statement.
On campus festivities include the Golden Alumni Reunion, Sunset Remembrance Service and the annual softball game. Virtual celebrations include Chef Jay’s Kitchen-Fried Chicken edition, dorm decoration judging, alumni spirit day and a virtual campus tour.
ABAC club members can compete for the Stallion Cup throughout the week by participating in different events and the Club Olympics. Students will participate in the Club Olympics on the Lakeside Lawn on 5-8 p.m., April 5.
Participation and placings will result in points that will go into the club’s weekly total for the Stallion Cup. Other student events for points toward the Stallion Cup include the bedsheet design competition, advisor door decoration competition and food drive.
ABAC alumni can experience an ABAC Staycation from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual celebrations will kick off April 7 with Chef Jay’s Kitchen-Fried Chicken edition. Learn how to cook the ABAC Thursday-at-noon staple on the ABAC Alumni Facebook page.
The annual ABAC Horticulture Club plant sale is full speed ahead 9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 8-9, and 9 a.m.-noon, April 10, at the J.G. Woodroof Farm. The plant sale is open to the community.
ABAC students will spend the week decorating their dorm room doors to celebrate the Staycation theme, college officials said. Alumni can participate by being the judges. Voting will be through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on April 8.
"Whether graduation was last year or 50 years ago, ABAC wants to see your ABAC pride," college officials said. "On April 9, alumni can post a picture showing their ABAC pride on social media. Be sure to tag @ABACAlumni and use the hashtag #Stallion Staycation."
The Golden Alumni Reunion welcomes the classes of 1970 and 1971 and all other Golden Alumni at 5:30 p.m., April 9, on the Lakeside Lawn. Following that event will be the Sunset Remembrance Service at 7 p.m., also on the Lakeside Lawn.
Join ABAC online on April 10 to experience a VIP virtual tour of campus hosted by alumni, students, and members of the faculty and staff, college officials said. The tour will include favorite spots and new spaces on ABAC’s 516-acre campus. The tour can be accessed on Facebook.
ABAC alumni will be playing a softball game against students at Fillies Field at 3 p.m., April 10. Clubs that designed bedsheets will have those on display during the game.
Prospective students will tour the campus on April 10 during Stallion Day, an event that gives high school students the opportunity to experience a slice of college life. Stallion Day will run from noon-4 p.m. at various locations across campus. All spaces have been filled for the Stallion Day event, but prospective students can sign up for individual tours which are provided daily on the campus.
For information on the 2021 ABAC Homecoming activities or to sign up for an event, visit www.abac.edu/homecoming or call (229) 391-4900.