Auburn’s rip-roaring “Rodeo”

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Auburn News | Comments Off

Auburn’s rip-roaring “Rodeo”

If you were in Auburn this past weekend, you probably saw a few more pick-up trucks, a few more students in their redneck best and a few more cases of beer (in the morning hours, at that!). I’m sure you wondered what had gotten into these students? Oh, they were just participating in what The Huffington Post calls one of the craziest college parties in the country– the Alpha Psi Rodeo.

Photo used from Auburn Family social media network.

I’m sure you thought that your generation of Auburn students knew how to have the most fun, but these days Auburn students are pulling out all the stops. And getting nationally recognized for it, at that!

Alpha Psi, a veterinary fraternity on campus, puts on the event each Spring with traditional rodeo events during the day and a concert at night. This year’s headlining acts were Eric Church and Easton Corbin. Held since 1967, the Rodeo has transformed into the largest fundraising event organized by students. Last year, the men donated $20,000 to Storybook Farm Inc., as well as $15,000 to other local charities. A large portion also goes to Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

An estimated 30,000 students attended the event this year, with the $39 tickets selling out 10 days before the event took place. Students from all over the SEC flock to Auburn for the debauchery Rodeo, which probably boosts its national recognition.

Now I’ll stay in the dark on whether I’ve ever attended (three out of our five student assistants have), but people tell me it’s actually a lot of fun! With all of the mingling, good food and good music, it’s more of a down-home, country-boy version of tailgating. It’s a unique tradition here on the Plains and one that has not gone unnoticed.