Fresno State welcomes parents and family members to join their students at the fifth annual Family Weekend Oct. 16-17, which features campus tours, a tailgate prior to the Bulldogs’ nationally-televised football game that Friday night and a photo opportunity with live mascot Victor E. III.

Dog Days: New Student Orientation hosts the annual event with several price packages available ranging from $10-$65.

Activities begin at 2 p.m. Friday with an ice cream social and campus advisers in the University Student Union (rooms 312-314).

The tailgate Friday night before the football game against UNLV will be from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Margie Wright Diamond concourse (southeast corner of Cedar and Barstow avenues). The tailgate dinner includes tri-tip, chicken, pilaf, salad, garlic bread and beverages, including Fresno State’s award-winning, student-produced wine. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Family Weekend continues Saturday with the option to tour the campus or the Save Mart Center at 9 a.m., followed by brunch from 10 a.m.-noon at the Smittcamp Alumni House. Photos with Victor E. III are scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Also scheduled for Saturday are financial aid and scholarship workshops 11:15-11:45 a.m., a winery tour and tasting at noon and a Gibson Farm Market tour at 1 p.m.

The Dog Days Package (ice cream social, tailgate dinner, a football ticket, campus tours and Saturday brunch) is priced at $65 per person. Guests have the option of creating their own package with each item sold separately starting at $10 with the Campus Package (tours, workshops and brunch only).

Pricing details and a registration form are available online at the Dog Days website.

For more information, contact Dog Days Coordinator Ken Ternate at 559.278.4836 or

(Copy by Erika Denise Castañon, University Communications news assistant).

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