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September 25, 2012

Oklahoma State spirit alive at Cowboy Corral

STILLWATER, Okla. — An Oklahoma State University tradition during football season is still seeing its share of success today.

Cowboy Corral is a varying-themed event held on game days. Director of Chapter Relations with the OSU Alumni Association Pamela Stubbs said the event has been hosted at the OSU Alumni Center since 2005 when the building opened.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “We have two 15-foot projector screens that we are showing football on constantly and that’s where a lot of OSU fans come by and meet.”

The event is open to alumni and non-alumni to enjoy the day’s festivities.

“The biggest thing that happens for us is we have the pep rally,” Stubbs said.

The rally, which happens 2 1/2 hours before kickoff, includes the pep band, OSU Spirit Squad, Pistol Pete and more.

“There’s probably 600 to 700 people in standing room only for the event and we take that opportunity to have a special guest,” Stubbs said. “It varies at every single game.”

Past speakers have included OSU basketball coach Travis Ford and OSU President Burns Hargis. The speeches usually take place 30 minutes before The Walk — where the football team walks down Hester St. to Boone Pickens Stadium.

Executive Vice President of the OSU Alumni Association Chris Batchelder said they’ve always thought of the corral as a great place for people.

“Kind of a small percentage of our 60,000 fans that go to the games have a tailgate that they go to,” he said. “We want to kind of provide the single location that is indoors and provide the atmosphere where there’s games, there’s drawings, there’s big screens. ... It’s kind of the one place that everyone can gather on game days to get their game day experience started early.”

This weekend during the game against Texas the doors to the event will open at 1 p.m.

“Once we open the doors people are waiting and there’s people that stay all the way through the game,” Batchelder said.

This week’s theme is Legacy Day.

“We have a legacy program where children and grandchildren of our association members can register as a legacy and they have stuff that goes on not only throughout the year, but their lives that we send them books and backpacks and we send them gifts on their birthday,” he said. “So, this is kind of the one game that we set aside to honor those legacies.”

Stubbs describes the atmosphere for this particular day as carnival-like.

There will be games for children, she said.

In addition, there will be a giveaway to the first 200 Alumni Association members. Vendors will be on hand selling food and drinks.

For more information, visit www.orangeconnection.org or call 800-433-4678.

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