Get Ready For Spring Game Fun

The most anticipated Blue-White weekend in recent memory just became even more interesting. Besides the debut of Justin King and Derrick Williams in the spring scrimmage, the Penn State sports marketing folks are adding their own unique twist to the weekend's festivities.

If you thought there was going to be a circus atmosphere surrounding Penn State's spring football game this year due to the presence of heralded freshmen Justin King and Derrick Williams, you were right.

But that is only the beginning.

In their ongoing attempt to make Nittany Lion athletics more fan friendly, the folks at Penn State sports marketing are staging a full-blown carnival on the Beaver Stadium grounds the night before and the day of the April 23 Blue-White game.

“Full-blown,” in this instance, meaning a midway on Curtin Road, rides, concession and activity stands, musical acts, clowns, balloons and everything else that goes along with your typical carnival. There will also be a comedy show featuring “Blue Collar” star Ron White at the Jordan Center Friday night.

The carnival is one of many activities being held in conjunction with the Blue-White game, which kicks off at 2:00 p.m. An hour and a half before kickoff, Nittany Lion players will hold an autograph and photo session inside Beaver Stadium.

The athletic department is also taking the occasion of the weekend to honor Penn State's undefeated 1994 team.

Back to the present, everyone is anxious to get their first glimpse of King and Williams in the Blue and White. King is a defensive back and return man who is capable of playing offense, as well. Williams is already being described as the most explosive receiver on the team. Both enrolled at PSU in January after graduating early from high school.

Penn State began its push to make a stronger connection with fans Sept. 3, when it staged the university's first-annual Football Eve at Beaver Stadium the night before the Nittany Lions' 2004 football season opener against Akron. The event, which included the infamous “Place of Hell” speech from Joe Paterno, a performance by the Blue Band and a fireworks show, drew a crowd estimated at more than 20,000 people.

The Blue-White weekend Carnival will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.


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