September 15, 2009

"Blues & BBQ" Tailgate This Saturday

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The second annual "Blues & BBQ" Tailgate event will be held prior to Saturday's (Sept. 19) Anchor-Bone Classic football rivalry matchup between Ferris State and Grand Valley State.

The "Blues & BBQ" event, which will start at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) and is organized by Ferris State University Student Government along with FSU Dining Services, allows fans an opportunity to enjoy some of the area's finest all-you-can-eat BBQ.

The first "Blues and BBQ" event took place in 2008 with the mission to raise money for a scholarship for deserving students. In order to raise the appropriate funds, the "Blues and BBQ" was born to serve as an avenue to bring the campus and community closer together by eating fantastic barbeque and listening to blues.

Spectators will be able to enjoy the barbeque and listen to music provided by renowed Grand Rapids blues artist Big Daddy and the Krewe during Saturday's tailgate.  The event will take place in tents located within the main parking lot near the Top Taggart Field entrance.

Admission for the "Blues & BBQ" tailgate event, which is seperate from the actual game ticket, will be $8 for Ferris students and $10 for adults. Children ages 10 and younger will be admitted free. Patrons can also receive a dollar off the tailgate admission charge by bringing a non-perishable food item.

All food will be donated to the local food pantry and all proceeds raised will benefit the Scholastic Leadership Award Scholarship Fund for students demonstrating financial need. Before the game, fans in attendance will be able to enjoy the all-you-can eat BBQ and vote on the best barbeque. Donation boxes will be at located at participating tables and whichever barbeque team raises the most money will be crowned the "People's Champion" and win hundreds in prizes.

For additional information about the "Blues & BBQ" event, please contact the Ferris State Student Government office at (231) 591-2611.

Kickoff for the Anchor-Bone Classic between FSU and the nationally top-ranked Lakers is set for 7 p.m. (EDT) at Top Taggart Field. Game tickets will be available at the stadium or for more information, please contact the FSU Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. FSU football tickets can also be bought online at www.startickets.com.

General admission game tickets for this premium contest are $10 adults or $5 students (K-12), senior citizens and FSU faculty/staff. Ferris students with ID will be admitted free as will children not yet of school age.

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