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Blue-White Weekend: The Full Event Rundown

by on April 19, 2012 6:00 AM

If that Blue-and-White blood is pumping through your veins and you're so ready to hit the road for State College that you can actually smell the stickies warming, look no further for your full weekend planner. 

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Friday, April 20

The Penn State All-Sports Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop in and celebrate the museum's 10-year anniversary. There will be an open house on Saturday, from 6:30-9 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a variety of family-friendly games, tours, films, and activities, in addition to a special anniversary exhibit. 

More information is available here

The Blue-White Carnival kicks off at 6 p.m., and live music on stage outside Beaver Stadium will be provided by Go Go Gadget from 5:45-8:45 p.m.

The Wing Fest Contest starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. Meanwhile Penn State Idol Finals kick off at 7 p.m. 

Penn State football head coach Bill O'Brien will be live on stage to address the fans at 8:45 p.m., and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. will close the show. 

Other events around town on Friday: 

  • The Lincoln Hall plaque dedication, 3:45 p.m. at 119 N. Barnard St. The plaque is being dedicated to the site because of its historic roots as the original center of African-American student life from the 1930s to the 1950s at Penn State. Lincoln Hall was the Robeson Center's predecessor and the plaque will be dedicated by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Downtown Improvement District. 

Saturday, April 21

The day of the 2012 Blue-White Game starts early, with the annual Nittany Lion Club breakfast. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for a 10:30 start. Coach Bill O'Brien and Lady Lions head coach Coquese Washington are notable guests. O'Brien will address the crowd. 

The Carnival is back on at 10 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m., with highlights that include:

  • Food and booths with prizes
  • Live student performances
  • The Lionettes Dance Team, Blue Band and Cheerleaders make an appearance at 11:30 a.m.
  • Gates A and B open prior to the game at 11:30 a.m. 
  • Gates C and E open at noon
  • Stadium Autograph Session runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. Many current and former Nittany Lions will be in town all weekend signing autographs.
  • The 2012 Blue-White Game kicks of at 2 p.m.
  • Postgame, Lowjack will be live onstage from 4:15-6:15 p.m.

Also on Saturday:

  • "Meet the Candidates" will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Intramural Building on campus. This is a unique opportunity for alumni to meet and speak with at least 60 of the 86 candidates running for one of the three open seats on the Board of Trustees.

Sunday, April 22

The Carnival and All-Sports Museum Open House continues, but the big event on Sunday is the Special Olympics 5K Beaver Stadium Run

The run is in it's third year, and honors the late Penn State football head coach Joseph V. Paterno. 

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts in front of the Bryce Jordan Center at 11 a.m. Runners will be greeted by Sue Paterno at the finish line. 

Complete information on the race is available here.

Other things to keep in mind: 

  • Stadium parking lots open at 8 a.m.
  • Stadium gates A and B will open at noon.
  • Penn State Sports Network will air the game (Local: State College (WMAJ, 1450) and WBUS (93.7 FM), Altoona (WVAM, 1430)

Happy Blue-White Weekend!

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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