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32nd annual Pig Pickin’ success for Delta State

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The Delta State University Alumni Association celebrated the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ this past weekend at Statesmen Park with a record-breaking number of guests.

Over 1,000 people came through the barbecue serving lines and enjoyed a plate of pulled pork or Polk’s Meat Products sausage dog and a cold RC drink. The BBQ was prepared by the Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo City and a group of volunteers including Tom Janoush, Jamie van Vulpen, David Griffith, Milan Killebrew, Mike Ainsworth, Craig Verhage and many others. Volunteers lead by the Student Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Order, Boy Scouts of Cleveland, and First Year Seminar also played a major role in preparing for the guests on Statesmen Park.

Over 400 prospective students and parents attended DSU Day which was an all-time high.

The 3rd Annual Corn Hole Tournament was held on Statesmen Park. Jae Medders and Johnny Cassibry claimed the title which was sponsored by the Alumni Association and DSU Intramurals.

Pig Pickin’ guests were entertained by the Jason Miller Band, CE All-Stars, and the talented Delta Music Institute bands.

Other Saturday events included the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic to support the DSU Golf Team, biennial Baseball Reunion, and the Hog Run 5K sponsored by Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

The Alumni Association joined the Memphis Barbeque Network which is one of the leading sanctioning bodies of BBQ contests in the world. This year 38 cook teams competed for Grand Champion of Pig Pickin in the Championship and Patio Category, and there were 16 first-time cook teams this year.

Championship Category Grand Champion: Cotton Patch Cooking Team from Columbus, Mississippi
Patio Category Grand Champion: Rolling Bones from Rosedale, Mississippi

The event would not have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and event sponsors, including Polk’s Meat Products, which has sponsored the event for over a decade. Sponsors were treated to a jambalaya dinner at the Sponsors’ Social Friday night before Pig Pickin’ at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House. Please visit www.dsupigpickin.com to view the 2017 Delta State Pig Pickin’ sponsors.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Entertainment schedule for the Pig Pickin’ weekend

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The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend kicks off today (Oct. 6) at 5 p.m. with a slate of live entertainment at Statesmen Park.

DJ Howl will take the stage first, followed by the Jason Miller Band at 7:30 p.m. JMB will deliver a southern country rock sound.

The fun continues Saturday with performances on stage throughout the day. Several Delta Music Institute bands will perform, including B4Y2K, Delta Rox and Ol’ Skool Revue. Delta State University President William N. LaForge will also share his musical talents along with his band, President LaForge and the Cabinet.

At 3:30 p.m., the Delta State University Marching Band, Delta State cheerleaders, and the Delta Belles dance team will lead the way for the pre-game pep rally.

While the crowd awaits the judges’ decisions on cooking competition winners, the CE Allstars will take the stage to present a high-energy cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics show.

After Pig Pickin’ award winners are announced at 5 p.m., tailgaters will be prepping for the 6 p.m. kickoff as the Statesmen take on the University of West Alabama. To purchase game tickets, visit http://deltastatetickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=342&cid=40 or call DSU Athletics at 662-846-4300.

Other Saturday events include the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic, the third annual cornhole tournament and the Hog Run 5K. For more information or to sign up, and to purchase food plate tickets, visit www.dsupigpickin.com.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Safety a priority at 32nd annual Pig Pickin

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The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’, hosted by the Delta State University National Alumni Association, is a signature event at the university that many alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff visit each year.

With the sheer volume of people who will be at Statesmen Park this weekend, it is important that safety remains a top priority and creates the need for rules and regulations.

·         To ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience at Statesmen Park, no vehicles will be allowed at the park.
·         Tailgaters needing to drop off tents or other heavy items will be allowed to do so before 3 p.m. Friday and before 11 a.m. Saturday. After these times, traffic will not be allowed in the park. Parking will be available at the athletics facilities, Shumate Park, Walter Sillers Coliseum, Kent Wyatt Hall and across Highway 8 on campus. Tailgating behind the visitors’ side of the stadium is prohibited. Directional signage will indicate the designated tailgating areas for Pig Pickin’ attendees.
·         Golf carts will not be allowed with the exception of officials and staff golf carts. Pets are also not allowed at the event. These rules were put in place to ensure the safety of Pig Pickin’ participants, particularly the many children who attend.
·         No bonfires or fire pits allowed.

For more information on the event, visit www.dsupigpickin.com. For questions, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Alumni tailgate prior to Statesmen victory

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Alumni, students and friends of Delta State University enjoyed food, fellowship and a pregame pep rally featuring the Delta State Marching Band, cheerleaders and Delta Belles prior to the Statesmen victory over Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi on Sept. 30 in the Heritage Bell Classic.

View footage from the event on the official DSU Alumni YouTube account at https://youtu.be/-CoBAyXncq8.

DSU went on to defeat MC 30-17, improving their season record to 5-0. The victory makes Delta State the only nationally ranked football team in the state.

Read more about the game at http://www.gostatesmen.com/news/2017/9/30/football-statesmen-defeat-mc-in-sixth-straight-heritage-bell-classic.aspx?path=football.

Learn more about this weekend’s game and a packed schedule of Pig Pickin’ activities at www.dsupigpickin.com.

To view the most recent issue of the Delta State Alumni magazine visit https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/sumfall_mag17_issu.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Join Alumni Association for Saturday’s tailgate

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All alumni, friends and fans of Delta State are invited to join the Delta State University National Alumni Association for food, fun and fellowship as they tailgate before the football game Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. The Statesmen will battle the Choctaws for the Heritage Bell Trophy.

Fans should take the visitor’s entrance and look for the Alumni Association tent, to be set up near the baseball complex. Tailgating will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue until kickoff at 7 p.m. For game tickets, visit http://gochoctaws.com/sports/2006/8/1/tickets.aspx?&tab=2.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite tailgate dish. Delta State pompoms, RC products and water will be provided.

For more information, contact alumni@deltastate.edu or call Melissa Love, assistant alumni director, at 662-588-3780.