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Family Weekend September 29-30 at ABAC

September 8, 2017

Students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will welcome family and friends to the campus on Sept. 29-30 during the college’s seventh annual Family Weekend.

To purchase tickets for ABAC’s Family Weekend event, participants can go to http://www.purplepass.com/abacfamilyweekend.  Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for friends and family, and children five and under free of charge.  The price includes refreshments, a t-shirt, and dinner on Sept. 30. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 21.

Dean of Students Bernice Hughes said ABAC faculty and staff can attend events at no charge if they wear ABAC colors to the events.  ABAC faculty and staff interested in attending the dinner should make their reservations with Hughes at bhughes@abac.edu or call (229) 391-5130.

Hughes said check-in for families will take place on Sept. 29 from 4-6 p.m. in the ABAC Lakeside lobby.  Those arriving early can also take part in the Parade of Rooms from 4-6 p.m. at ABAC Lakeside and ABAC Place.  From 6-8 p.m., visitors can enjoy cake with the Campus Assistants at the new Thrash Wellness Center and Foundation Legacy Pool.

On Sept. 30, visitors can meet at 8 a.m. at the Ag Sciences building parking lot for a trolley tour of the J.G. Woodroof Farm.  Trollies will run continuously until 9:45 a.m.  Late check-in will also take place during this time at the Ag Sciences parking lot. From 10-11 a.m., a Student Engagement Hour will be held in the Ag Sciences building, Room 139.

At lunchtime, students and their families can choose to eat in the Donaldson Dining Hall or sample a local restaurant’s menu.    The campus bookstore in J. Lamar Branch Hall will be open to guests from 10 a.m.-noon. The store will have $5 discount coupons available.

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village will host a Stroll Through History from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. that will include a look at the most recent Gallery exhibit, Abandoned Rural America. The day is designated as ABAC Faculty and Staff Day. All ABAC faculty, staff, and their immediate families will be admitted to the Museum free of charge.

The grounds of the Museum will be open so that guests can visit a traditional farm community of the 1870s, the 1890s’ progressive farmstead, a rural town, the National Peanut Complex, and the Museum of Agriculture Center. Over 35 structures have been relocated to the 95-acre site and faithfully restored or preserved. Costumed interpreters explain and demonstrate the life-style and activities of this time in Georgia’s history.

The Museum will also host a dinner from 5-7:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by the Old Friends’ Bluegrass Band.  Guests are encouraged to bring musical instruments and to sing along.  Family Bingo at the Lakeside Multipurpose Room will be held from 8-9 p.m., and the evening’s events will conclude with a movie and popcorn from 9-11 p.m. on the Lakeside Lawn.

Additional events on Sept. 30 include the Alpha Gamma Rho Barrel Race to benefit the Tifton Alzheimer’s Association at the rodeo arena and Fiesta Del Pueblo in Tifton’s Fulwood Park.

On Oct. 1, families may choose to attend a worship service with their student at any of the local churches in Tifton. For more information on ABAC’s Family Weekend, interested persons can contact Hughes at bhughes@abac.edu.
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