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College’s 18th annual Tailgate gathering is a winning event!

At the Sept. 19 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tailgate 2009 in Dorton Arena, CALS Ambassadors invite tailgaters to bid on silent auction items. Proceeds support CALS student scholarships.Becky Kirkland Photos

The fun, food and fanfare at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Tailgate 2009 included everything from all-you-can-eat barbecue to face-painting to up-close reptile encounters – with accompaniment from the N.C. State Wolfpack pep band. CALS alumni, friends and faculty members mingled among the balloons, games, educational exhibits from CALS departments and silent auction offerings at the Sept. 19 event in Dorton Arena at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Tailgaters enjoy one of many activities, exhibits and games available at the 2009 CALS Tailgate in Dorton Arena.
The annual CALS Tailgate reunion is the flagship event for the CALS Alumni and Friends Society, with proceeds from the silent auction supporting the society’s scholarship endowment in the College. More than $8,500 was raised for student scholarships during the event.

The N.C. State mascots, Mr. and Ms. Wuf, along with the Wolpack band, led the crowd in a rousing pep rally before heading over to the football game at Carter-Finley Stadium, where N.C. State defeated Gardner-Webb 45-14.

“With more than 1,200 in attendance this year, the CALS Tailgate is still the biggest alumni event held at N.C. State,” said Scott Troutman, executive director of the CALS Alumni & Friends Society. In all, he said Tailgate 2009 was a rousing success, complete with great exhibits, games, giveaways, weather, food – “and a Wolfpack victory!”—Terri Leith

Encounters with lizards and snakes make for some fun zoology lessons for kids and grown-ups alike at the 2009 CALS Tailgate.

These tailgaters’ faces are adorned with sponge tattoos to show their Wolfpack pride.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Agricultural Institute (AGI) presented achievement awards during Tailgate 2009 festivities at Dorton Arena. Shown, from left, are Dr. Barbara Kirby, AGI director ; Dr. Johnny Wynne, CALS dean; Bradley West '98, AGI Outstanding Young Alumnus Thomas; Brenda Thompson Penny '79, AGI Outstanding Alumnus; Morris Gene Armstrong, agriculture teacher at North Edgecombe High School, AGI Award of Merit; and Dr. Ken Esbenshade, CALS director of Academic Programs.
The N.C. State mascot, Mr Wuf, makes the rounds greeting guests and revving up the spirit for the NCSU-Gardner-Webb game.