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Sept. 1, 2002

FACT SHEET - Experience UF Charter Weekend

What: Blankets, Bands and Bonfire event

When: Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - Bonfire started
7:00 p.m. - Gates open
8:00 p.m. - Bands perform
9:00 p.m. - Fireworks display

Where: Alachua County Fairgrounds

Who: University of Florida students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members

Why: Event kicks-off yearlong celebration of UF's 150th anniversary

How: There will be a bonfire and small bags of marshmallows and roasting sticks sold for $2. Other concessions will be sold. Big Sky and Sister Hazel, successful native Gainesville bands, will perform a free concert. The student body president will emcee the program. A fireworks display will close the evening. Flash Photography will be onsite to take pictures for the closing event slide show in December 2003. The photos may be purchased at www.flashesonline.com and will be posted on the Experience UF web site throughout the celebration year. An indoor facility is available should rain occur. General parking is located at the fairground site.


UF is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the year the state-funded East Florida Seminary took over the Kingsbury Academy in Ocala. In 1905, the legislature moved to make the college a university.

The seminary was combined with the state's land grant Florida Agricultural College, moved to Gainesville and named the University of Florida in 1906. Classes first met on September 26, 1906 with 102 students.

The University of Florida is currently the sixth largest university in the nation, and the largest of Florida's 10 state universities.