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April 13, 2007

Double the fun: Veishea and Sesquicentennial

Iowa State's sesquicentennial celebration will span a year, leading up to the actual birthday, March 22, 2008. Fittingly, it all begins at Veishea, one of ISU's oldest traditions.

The 150th Kickoff Celebration and Cake-Cutting Ceremony will take place on the busiest Veishea day, April 21. It will begin immediately following the Veishea parade on the steps of Beardshear Hall. President Gregory Geoffroy will speak and the ISU marching band will lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday."

Free birthday cake will be served after the cake cutting.

Sticks commemorative mirror

This commemorative mirror ($550), designed by Sticks Inc. of Des Moines, is just one of the specialty items available for purchase at the Sesquicentennial merchandise tent south of the Campanile.

Veishea Village, also a main kickoff event on that day, is much expanded this year with 130 tents and more than 220 exhibits - some in tents and some in buildings. Many tents will feature a sesquicentennial theme or sesquicentennial items such as a specially created ice cream, unique 150th merchandise and the new book A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa State University: Tradition & Transformation. Veishea Village is open from noon to 4:30 p.m.

After the kickoff at Veishea, sesquicentennial activities will continue for a year both on campus and throughout the state. There will be open houses, special exhibits and family activities; each ISU Extension county office will host a service project between April and September of this year.