Pullman Rally Kicks off Rooting for the Herd

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Pullman Rally Kicks off Rooting for the Herd

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Alumni Association, in conjunction with 93.7 The DAWG, is kicking off the football season and new school year with its annual HERDFEST beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at Pullman Square in Huntington. 


The 2011 HERDFEST will feature several musical groups including Jabberwocky, a student and Marshall alumni group which performs at 6 p.m., and Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band which takes the stage at 7 p.m.   Additionally, Marshall cheerleaders, Marco, school administrators and DAWG personalities will attend.

“We are so excited for 2011 HERDFEST because it signals the beginning of a new school year and the return of our students, and Marshall University football,” said Tish Littlehales, executive director of alumni relations at Marshall University.  “There’s going to be lots of food, games and prizes at Pullman Thursday evening and we encourage everyone to come out for some great family fun.”

Football fun continues on Sunday, Sept. 4 as the Marshall University Thundering Herd faces off with the West Virginia University Mountaineers in Morgantown in the sixth Friends of Coal Bowl. 

Those who can’t make it to the game can head to Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington for a community-wide football  party, courtesy of the MU Alumni Association and 93.7 The DAWG.  Football fans can watch the game live on a 275-foot television screen situated by the Ohio River. Fans are encouraged to bring a can of food to help stock the shelves at the Huntington Area Food Bank.

Gates open at 1 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. Although fans are prohibited from bringing in food and drinks, concession stands will be available.

Future alumni events this fall include:

  • Sept. 24-MU Alumni Association hosts a Game Day Reception prior to the Marshall versus Virginia Tech game.    The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are $15.  Tickets may be purchased through the alumni office by calling 304-696-2901.

  • Oct. 1-Travel Doctors Travel Agency and the Alumni Association are sponsoring a motorcoach trip to Louisville, Ky., for the Marshall-Louisville football game.  The cost is $149 per person.  Tickets for the football game are not included.  Call Travel Doctors at 304-562-0881 prior to Sept. 16.  Seating is limited.

  • Oct.8-Marshall University Alumni Association Herd Fan Cruise.  The cruise departs on Oct. 5 and returns on Oct. 8 in time for the pre-game tailgate and MU-University of Central Florida football game.  Contact Steve Ashworth at 877-822-8201 for more information about the cruise.   Contact the Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-3385 for information about the tailgate.

  • Oct. 10-15-Homecoming 2011.  Visit the Marshall University Alumni webpage at www.marshall.edu/alumni for more information and a complete listing of fall football activities.

Contact the MU Alumni Association at 304-696-2901 for details on 2011 HERDFEST or any of the activities listed above