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College’s 20th annual tailgate packs Dorton Arena

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The N.C. State mascot greets CALS grad Larry Wooten and his granddaughter.Photo by Becky KirklandThe N.C. State mascot greets CALS grad Larry Wooten and his granddaughter.

Great food, special attractions, family activities, live music: On Sept. 17, Dorton Arena had it all!

No, it wasn’t the State Fair come early. It was the 20th annual College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Society Tailgate.

Among the biggest and best of N.C. State University’s pre-game parties, the CALS tailgate featured an all-you-can-eat catered BBQ meal, accompanied by a bluegrass band, plus an arena full of College department exhibits and a special visit from the NCSU pep band, along with Mr. and Ms. Wuf.

Photo by Becky Kirkland

Young tailgaters record their visit with a snake at one of the many CALS departmental exhibits.

Tailgaters of all ages enjoyed encounters with exotic reptiles and insects, played games, sat for Wolfpack-themed face-paint and learned about CALS academic, research and Extension programs from faculty and students.  

Guests also browsed among tables packed with silent auction wares, with proceeds benefitting the CALS Alumni and Friends scholarship endowment.

“We raised $6,500 in the silent auction,” said Scott Troutman, executive director of the CALS Alumni and Friends Society, who added that “attendance was right around 1,200, making it the largest N.C. State alumni event.”

Afterward, the guests headed across the road to Carter-Finley Stadium, where the Wolfpack treated the faithful to a 35-13 victory over South Alabama.—Terri Leith

See more tailgate photos  below and on the CALS Alumni and Friends Society Facebook page.

Photo by Becky Kirkland

Ms. Wuf gives thumbs up at an entomology exhibit.

Photo by Becky Kirkland

The N.C. State pep band gets the crowd on its feet for the Fight Song.

Photos by Becky Kirkland

Event attractions and guests filled the floor of Dorton.

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