September 2015
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A Super-Sized Tailgate Party

This is the 2014 Roundup entrance and first few food booths and exhibits, shot from across the pond at Ag Heritage Park. The main entrance to Ag Roundup is at 620-A South Donahue Drive, between Ham Wilson Livestock Arena and Ag Heritage Park’s Alabama Farmers Pavilion.

The 2015 Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture is set for Auburn’s Homecoming weekend.

  Edgar Vinson, left, research associate in the Department of Horticulture, dishes out helpings of the collard greens he’s cooked for his department’s popular food booth.

Auburn University’s 2015 homecoming celebration and football game are set for Saturday, Oct. 3, and so is the 36th annual Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture. The latter will take place at Ag Heritage Park and will get underway four hours before kickoff of the Auburn-San Jose State game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Game time will be announced in September.

Ag Roundup, co-sponsored by Auburn’s College of Agriculture and the Auburn Agricultural Alumni Association, is a super-sized tailgate party where, for $5, you can sample a wide variety of foods grown and/or processed in Alabama. Typical fare runs the gamut from fried chicken, fried catfish and corndogs to edamame, satsumas and collard greens with sweet potato fries.

In addition to the food, Ag Roundup features children’s activities, informative exhibits, and live and silent auctions to raise money for College of Agriculture scholarships. Musical entertainment at this year’s event will be provided by Jessie Lynn Nichols, an agricultural communications major from Prattville.

All activities will be set up on the South Donahue Drive side of Ag Heritage Park, with the main entrance located between the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena and the Alabama Farmers Pavilion. The $5-per-person admission fee is payable at the gate; children 6 and under are admitted free. Ag Roundup will close an hour prior to kickoff.

Ag Roundup began as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture and the major impact it has on Alabama’s economy, and through the years, the event has become a favorite homecoming tradition for hundreds of Tiger fans.

David Cline, Extension specialist in Auburn’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, serves fried catfish to a 2014 Ag Roundup attendee.     Byron Smith, AFC’s management services specialist, is frying up samples of farm-raised catfish.  

"Last year’s Roundup drew a record crowd of just over 3,000 and gate receipts and auction proceeds generated more than $21,000 to be used for student scholarships in the College of Agriculture," said Amanda Martin, student recruitment and alumni relations coordinator in the college. "Our hope is that 2015 will be even bigger."

For more about Ag Roundup, contact Martin at 334-844-8900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the website at