The 36th annual AutumnFest, Michigan State University's (MSU's) biggest tailgate, is slated for Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning three and a half hours before kickoff of the MSU vs. Indiana football game.
Hosted by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Alumni Association, AutumnFest 2011 takes place at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. The event will feature a super brunch buffet and entertainment including children's games and visits by Sparty, MSU cheerleaders and the MSU Pep Band.
Booths throughout the pavilion will offer samples of Michigan-grown products from agriculture and natural resources industries and organizations, as well as information from MSU programs and student groups.
AutumnFest 2011 highlights include a silent auction, a live auction and raffles, which raise more than $10,000 each year to fund CANR scholarships, student activities and programming. Traditional AutumnFest raffle tickets sell for $5 for six tickets.
For the Pick of the Auction Raffle, only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each. One winner will be drawn immediately preceding the live auction. This winner will be able to choose any item from the live or silent auction tables.
Some of the donated items include a southern-style bobwhite quail hunt in Sylvester, Ga. (http://www.southernwoodsplantation.com/),
a two-night stay and meal get-away at the Ramsdell Inn in Manistee, Mich. (http://www.ramsdellinn.net/),
a Marilyn Mook quilt and a three-day fly-in fishing trip at Budd's Gunisao Lake Lodge in Canada (http://www.buddsgunisaolakelodge.com/).
AutumnFest is open to the public. If ordered before Nov. 9, adult tickets cost $25. Student tickets are $10 for students ages 6 to 21. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under. Adult ticket prices go up to $30 after Nov. 9. Pre-order online at http://web2.msue.msu.edu/autumnfest/. AutumnFest tickets do not include football game admission.
A shuttle bus to and from the MSU vs. Indiana football game is available for $5 per person.