Plans for Spring Game Fan Fest Weekend Set

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will celebrate its 2006 Purple and White Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 22, with a weekend's worth of activities for fans, athletics department officials announced Thursday.

In addition to the game, which will kickoff at 6 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, K-State's inaugural Spring Game Fan Fest Weekend will include a carnival and midway, a children's fun zone, live music, a state-level barbeque competition and a battle of the bands contest.

The weekend's events get underway on Friday, April 21, with a pair of K-State spring traditions - the 22nd annual editions of the Powercat Golf Tournament and the Kansas State athletics department's Powercat Auction. The golf tournament will tee off at 10:30 a.m. at Colbert Hills, with the auction taking place at Bramlage Coliseum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The inaugural KSU Wildcat BBQ Battle, which has been proclaimed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius as "an official barbeque championship of the State of Kansas," kicks off Saturday's full slate of festivities, with many of the contestants competing in both the professional and tailgate categories beginning their cooking at 7 a.m. in Cat Town.

The carnival and midway, which are sure to be a highlight of the weekend, opens at 11 a.m. in the West parking lot of Snyder Family Stadium. The county fair-style carnival will feature several rides and a number of game booths. Fans must hold a ticket to the Purple-White football game to gain entry to the carnival and midway. Once inside, all rides and games will cost just $1 each.

Food vendors and live music will also be open in Cat Town at 11 a.m., as will Willie's Fun Zone, which will feature games and activities for children in K-State's indoor football practice facility.

At 2 p.m., the Kansas State baseball team will take on in-state rival Kansas at Tointon Family Stadium. An hour later at 3 p.m., a battle of the bands competition for K-State students will get underway in the East parking lot of Snyder Family Stadium.

Tickets for the annual Purple and White spring football game are priced at $5 each.

Following the game, players and coaches will cap the day-long celebration on the field with a one-hour autograph session for the fans.

The 2006 Purple and White Spring Football Game promises to be unlike any previous K-State spring game. Not only will the game be played under the lights, but it will feature two, non-interchangeable teams with each team coached by one of the program's coordinators. The contest will also run like an actual, full-speed game and will not include situational elements.

Additionally, the K-State Pride of Wildcat Land marching band will also be split into two units, with one playing for the purple team and the other playing for the white.

"I'm not sure we could be more excited about the spring game and fan fest," head coach Ron Prince said. "I know that the entire weekend will be something special for our fans and I believe they are going to really enjoy themselves. We have been pushing for a big turnout for this game since we arrived and I am looking forward to seeing Bill Snyder Family Stadium painted in purple."

Spring Game Fan Fest Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday - April 21, 2006

10:30 a.m. -
22nd Annual Powercat Golf Tournament: Kansas State will host the 22nd Annual Powercat Golf Tournament at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. Registration for the four-person scramble format tournament begins at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun start following at 10:30 a.m. The entry fees to play in the tournament is $150 per person. Teams or individuals interested in pre-registering for the event may contact Bernie Haney at 785-532-5162.

5:30 p.m. -
22nd Annual Powercat Auction: Kansas State will host the 22nd Annual Powercat Auction at Bramlage Coliseum. The auction features numerous unique and unforgettable trips as well as one-of-a-kind opportunities that make it a must for any true K-State fan. Proceeds from the Powercat Auction benefit the Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund, which provides over 350 scholarships to K-State student-athletes. For more information on the auction, please contact Lon Floyd at 785-532-7707.

Saturday - April 22, 2006

7:00 a.m. -
KSU Wildcat BBQ Battle: Cooking begins in both the professional and tailgate division in Cat Town. The Grand Champion of this state-level competition will be designated as an official State Champion of Kansas, which will allow the winner to enter the American Royal Barbeque Contest, the nation's most prestigious barbeque contest. For rules and entry information, please contact Lon Floyd at 785-532-7707.

11:00 a.m. -
Carnival Midway opens: Admission to the county-fair style carnival and midway located in the West parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, complete with multiple rides and numerous game booths, is accessible only with a spring game ticket. All rides and games will cost just $1 each.

11:00 a.m. -
Willie's Fun Zone opens: Willie the Wildcat and Kansas State's cheerleaders will host a fun zone for kids, complete with games, face painting and tattoos inside the K-State football indoor practice facility. Admission is free.

11:00 a.m. -
Food service opens in Cat Town: Top-notch local barbecue vendors as well as a beer garden will be open and ready to serve.

11:00 a.m. -
Live music in Cat Town: Local musical talent takes the stage in Cat Town.

2:00 p.m. -
Kansas State vs. Kansas Baseball Game: Catch the Wildcats and Jayhawks battle in Big 12 baseball action at Tointon Family Stadium. Adult tickets are price at $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission. Youth tickets are priced at $2.

3:00 p.m. -
Battle of the Bands: An event for K-State students. The contest, which will be held in the East parking lot of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, will decide the ultimate Wildcat band. The contest will wrap up at 5:40 p.m. Please contact Joni Weinman at 785-532-5769 for entry information.

6:00 p.m. -
Purple and White Spring Game Kickoff

Postgame - Autograph session:
Fans are invited to join head coach Ron Prince, the coaching staff and players for a one-hour autograph session on the turf of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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