Blue & Gold Day will be held on the Magnolia Square from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 20.

Southern Arkansas University sponsors the event on the evening before the start of fall classes on Wednesday, August 21. It is held in partnership with the City of Magnolia and Columbia County.

Magnolians are encouraged to wear blue and gold in support of SAU and to come out and enjoy an evening of fellowship between Magnolia citizens and SAU students.

This year’s event will continue the collaboration between SAU and Magnolia High School with a pep rally to be held at 6 p.m.

“The SAU slogan feels like home came directly from our incoming freshman class based on their initial visits to campus,” said Dr. Trey Berry, SAU president. “We want Magnolia to feel like home for our students, as well. Blue & Gold Day is the perfect way to introduce these new residents to all that Magnolia has to offer. We are excited once again to have Magnolia High School join us for a community-wide pep rally to kick off the fall academic year and football season.”

“Blue & Gold Day epitomizes everything I love about Magnolia and what it means to live here,” said John Ward, superintendent of the Magnolia School District. “This event instantly becomes one of my favorite community events in Magnolia.”

The free event will feature fun activities for the whole family to enjoy including photo booths and bounce houses. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet student-athletes, listen to local marching bands, enjoy free hot dogs and nachos, meet Mulerider mascot Abbie Guin and Molly Ann, and watch the SAU Rodeo Team show off their roping skills.

Blue & Gold Day T-shirts will be available for purchase at SAU Beyond the Campus on the Magnolia Square.

Students new to Magnolia will have the chance to visit the downtown merchants, get to know businesses and organizations in the Magnolia community, find a church home, and sign up for door prizes.

Schedule of Events:

2 p.m. – Begin closing down incoming traffic to the Square (vehicles may exit only)

4 p.m. – Vendors begin setting up booths

5 p.m. – SAU students arrive on the Square

6 p.m. – Pep Rally with Magnolia High School and Southern Arkansas University, remarks by Ward and Berry, performance by MHS and SAU cheerleaders and bands.

For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 870-235-4079 or email .

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