Weekend Update: Small Business Saturday & Old Oaken Bucket Game

Tailgate time 2012Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 25 during Small Business Saturday. What a better way to kick off holiday shopping then by taking advantage of all that our local businesses have to offer. They truly are the backbone of what makes our community so great and we would not be where we are today without them.  Also, downtown Lafayette, enjoy horse and carriage rides!

Two TulipsThis Saturday also marks the Old Oaken Bucket Game. Our Boilermakers host and take on our greatest rival, the Indiana Hoosiers. Cheer on our team to victory on November 25!  Also, please note, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Weekend Update

Purdue Vs. IU (Boiler Up!)

Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope everyone has a joyous Thanksgiving tomorrow, November 22, 2012. Thanksgiving in our country means a lot of things to different people, but in overall it is a day of sharing and being with friends and family.  What do you do on Thanksgiving?  What does this special holiday mean to you and your family?

Thanksgiving in our family is really four days (Thursday through Sunday) of celebrating family, food and football.  On Thursday, we gather and eat a scrumptious Thanksgiving Feast with all the trimmings; turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry salad, yams, stuffing and pumpkin pie.  It is a day of merriment as our family catches up on major events that took place in our lives this past year, while NFL football plays in the background as a few cousins hoot and holler for their teams.

Black Friday starts at midnight and a few of our dedicated family members head out to take on the masses to find the perfect Christmas gift.  This year I believe Tippecanoe Mall, Target, Walmart, and the shops at Lafayette Pavilions are on the agenda.  Yes, there is a set “agenda” in place to where all the special discounts can be found.  I give “kudos” to those cousins who brave the crowds!

One of the best parts about Thanksgiving weekend is every other year our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team takes on IU at Ross Ade Stadium.  This Friday, November 23, we will join all the Boilermaker fans at the “Boiler Up at the Boiler Bridge Walk” cheer on our football team as they cross the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge lead by “special marshals”, a Purdue pep band, Purdue Pete, Purdue cheerleaders, and the Boilermaker Special.

Saturday, November 24, equals game day!  The day will start early with tailgating fun; a grill full of smoked savory treats, a cornhole tournament, and a pep rally and concert by the “All-American” Marching Band.  Then it is the official football “kickoff” and our Purdue Boilermakers will fight to beat the Hoosiers.

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday in the United States, and people will be driving and flying to see loved ones.  Please feel free to stop by our Visitors Center on Sunday, November 24, to rest and get travel brochures and directions.  (Personally, we will recoup on Sunday after three days of constant activity.) Have a safe and fun Thanksgiving!