TIFTON -- From bull riding by students to "bull shooting" by alumni, Abraham Baldwin College will have it all this weekend.
Activities begin Thursday when the Golden Fillies fastpitch softball team hosts archrival Middle Georgia for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Fillies' Field. Alumni from the classes of 1954-56 then kick off the annual Homecoming celebration with a 7 p.m. dinner in the Donaldson Dining Hall.
The ABAC Concert Band and the ABAC Jazz Band top off Thursday's events with a free 7:30 p.m. spring concert for the general public and for alumni and students in Howard Auditorium.
Students from the Horticulture Club stage the first of two plant sales on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Horticulture Building. Another plant sale will be Saturday during the same time frame.
Interim President Tom Call will address all the Golden Alumni of the college at 11 a.m. Friday in the Carlton Center. That address will be followed by the Golden Alumni luncheon in the dining hall.
Friday afternoon brings on more reunions for the 1940-43, 1949-50, and 1954-56 classes. ABAC softball takes the spotlight at 3 p.m. for a twin-bill with Georgia Perimeter at Fillies' Field.
On Friday night, the annual Candlelight Remembrance Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths followed by the Homecoming Dinner and Dance at 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall. Both events are open to alumni and the general public.
Bucking broncos burst onto the scene Friday at 8 p.m. for the first night of the Peach State Stampede Rodeo at the ABAC Rodeo Arena. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. The rodeo will also be held on Saturday night at the same time. Events include bull riding, bareback bronco riding, calf roping, team roping, and barrel racing.
Saturday's Homecoming highlights include the "Networking in the Industry" Forum on Agriculture at the Rowan Pavilion at 10 a.m. and an 11 a.m. address by Call titled "The Tradition Continues" in the Carlton Center.
Alumni from all walks of life will be honored at the Homecoming Awards Luncheon at noon in the dining hall.
At 2 p.m., the Spring Open Campus Day begins in the Carlton Center. Prospective students can choose a walking tour, driving tour, and a visit to the brand new ABAC Place apartments. No pre-registration is necessary.
For more information about any of the events of the weekend, interested persons may contact the ABAC Public Relations Office at 391-5055 or visit the ABAC Web site at www.abac.edu.
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