College Royal open house a showcase for all that U of G has to offer
College Royal weekend, the largest university open house in North America, runs March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
This year's theme is “Building Towards a Royal Future,” something everyone at U of G is doing on a daily basis, says Julia James, a fourth-year animal science student from Rosetta, Ont., who is this year's College Royal celebrant.
“And the annual open house is an important part of that,” she says. “College Royal is an opportunity for us to showcase all that the University has to offer.”
This year's open house includes traditional favourites such as the livestock show, a logging competition and dog and cat shows, as well as Old MacDonald's new farm, a photography contest and a junior tractor rodeo.
The weekend will also feature numerous displays and activities by student clubs and individual departments, a juried art show at Zavitz Hall, hands-on teddy bear surgery for kids at the Ontario Veterinary College, live entertainment and a chemistry magic show.
Also scheduled are a number of team competitions, including flower arranging, square dancing and pancake flipping.
In addition, a lecture series will run throughout the weekend, featuring talks on a variety of topics being studied at U of G.
“I want everyone to participate in an event that they'll never forget and that they'll look forward to coming back to in years to come,” says James.
A complete listing of all College Royal events and activities is available at www.collegeroyal.uoguelph.ca. Printed programs will also be available on campus.
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