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BSU to say 'thanks' with Community Appreciation Day; Food, football, fireworks and more will be part of the fun
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Bemidji State University is throwing Bemidji and the surrounding communities a "thank you" party for showing its support of higher education.

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BSU, the BSU Alumni Association and the BSU Foundation invite the public to the annual Community Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The celebration will include food, football, fireworks, entertainment and more.

BSU plans the event each year to recognize area residents' support for the university. Last year's event attracted 2,400 people.

The free event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will run until dark outside the lower level of the Hobson Memorial Union and lakeside areas on the BSU campus. Free shuttle bus service will be available from the parking lots at Bangsberg Hall and the John Glas Fieldhouse; shuttle service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Visitors can also use the lakeside trail from the Bangsberg parking lot to reach the event.

In event of inclement weather, Community Appreciation Day will be moved inside the John Glas Fieldhouse.

BSU's Community Appreciation Day will again feature "Taste of BSU" food bonanza, featuring an array of BSU-themed food items from local restaurants and organizations including Lueken's Village Foods, Peppercorn Restaurant, Minnesota Nice Cafe, Aramark, Coca-Cola, the BSU Bemidji Alumni Chapter and the Beaver Pride/Bemidji Fire Department Fry Crew.

There will also be a "Meet the Beavers" session with an opportunity to meet a variety of student-athletes from BSU's varsity sports. The players will be leading a number of interactive games for kids, who also will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Bucky the Beaver.

In addition, there will be more than two dozen booths from various campus departments and activities and a variety of games for children, plus balloons and face-painting.

"I hear people say when they come out here, 'Wow, it's really nice of BSU to provide free food.' They say that it's a lot of fun to see kids playing with athletes," said Rita Albrecht, event volunteer with the BSU Alumni Association and co-chair of the Community Appreciation Day planning committee. "A lot of people are surprised about how beautiful the campus is. When they drive by on (the) street they don't see much, but when they hang out between classroom buildings it's kind of a surprise to them."

Community Appreciation Day will feature live entertainment headlined by the band, Pelican Railroad.

At 8 p.m., the festivities will move to Chet Anderson Stadium for the inaugural BSU All-Stars versus Bemidji Community All-Stars flag football game. The exhibition will feature a number of BSU student-athletes taking on notable residents from the Bemidji community.

Albrecht said this year the Lake Bemidji West Shore Trail, the trail that runs between Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and Diamond Point Park, will be open and free of construction.

"We're really excited and we'll be looking for more foot traffic," Albrecht said. "If weather is nice, I would expect to see a lot of people to be walking the trail to get to the event."

At dusk following the football game, the event will conclude with a fireworks show presented by Paul Bunyan Telephone.

"It's really a beautiful display," Albrecht said. "People can sit in the stadium and have a really good seat to watch them."

For more information about Community Appreciation Day, please contact the BSU Foundation at 755-2762.

Y awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

Bemidji State University is throwing Bemidji and the surrounding communities a "thank you" party for showing its support of higher education.

BSU, the BSU Alumni Association and the BSU Foundation invite the public to the annual Community Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The celebration will include food, football, fireworks, entertainment and more.

BSU plans the event each year to recognize area residents' support for the university. Last year's event attracted 2,400 people.

The free event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will run until dark outside the lower level of the Hobson Memorial Union and lakeside areas on the BSU campus. Free shuttle bus service will be available from the parking lots at Bangsberg Hall and the John Glas Fieldhouse; shuttle service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Visitors can also use the lakeside trail from the Bangsberg parking lot to reach the event.

In event of inclement weather, Community Appreciation Day will be moved inside the John Glas Fieldhouse.

BSU's Community Appreciation Day will again feature "Taste of BSU" food bonanza, featuring an array of BSU-themed food items from local restaurants and organizations including Lueken's Village Foods, Peppercorn Restaurant, Minnesota Nice Cafe, Aramark, Coca-Cola, the BSU Bemidji Alumni Chapter and the Beaver Pride/Bemidji Fire Department Fry Crew.

There will also be a "Meet the Beavers" session with an opportunity to meet a variety of student-athletes from BSU's varsity sports. The players will be leading a number of interactive games for kids, who also will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Bucky the Beaver.

In addition, there will be more than two dozen booths from various campus departments and activities and a variety of games for children, plus balloons and face-painting.

"I hear people say when they come out here, 'Wow, it's really nice of BSU to provide free food.' They say that it's a lot of fun to see kids playing with athletes," said Rita Albrecht, event volunteer with the BSU Alumni Association and co-chair of the Community Appreciation Day planning committee. "A lot of people are surprised about how beautiful the campus is. When they drive by on (the) street they don't see much, but when they hang out between classroom buildings it's kind of a surprise to them."

Community Appreciation Day will feature live entertainment headlined by the band, Pelican Railroad.

At 8 p.m., the festivities will move to Chet Anderson Stadium for the inaugural BSU All-Stars versus Bemidji Community All-Stars flag football game. The exhibition will feature a number of BSU student-athletes taking on notable residents from the Bemidji community.

Albrecht said this year the Lake Bemidji West Shore Trail, the trail that runs between Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox and Diamond Point Park, will be open and free of construction.

"We're really excited and we'll be looking for more foot traffic," Albrecht said. "If weather is nice, I would expect to see a lot of people to be walking the trail to get to the event."

At dusk following the football game, the event will conclude with a fireworks show presented by Paul Bunyan Telephone.

"It's really a beautiful display," Albrecht said. "People can sit in the stadium and have a really good seat to watch them."

For more information about Community Appreciation Day, please contact the BSU Foundation at 755-2762.

awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

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