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Oct. 17, 2000 -- No. 546

Rameses to celebrate 76th anniversary at Tar Heel Town Saturday (Oct. 21)

UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL -- Rob Hogan, owner and caretaker of Tar Heel mascot Rameses, will be honorary mayor Saturday (Oct. 21) of Tar Heel Town, a free outdoor festival before the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's 5:30 p.m. kickoff against the Clemson University Tigers.

"Ramís Day" will be the theme at Tar Heel Town, which will be open from 3- 4:30 p.m. Rameses will celebrate his 76th anniversary at the alcohol-free festival, held before all home football games beside Wilson Library.

In 1924, head cheerleader Vic Huggins, class of 1925 and co-author of the Carolina fight song "Here Comes Carolina," decided UNC needed a mascot; he suggested the ram to honor Jack Merritt, a popular Tar Heel football player known as "The Battering Ram."

To celebrate the anniversary, the General Alumni Association will serve cake. Rameses

will be on hand to meet and greet and sign autographs. The Carolina Mudcats mascot, Muddy, and Carolina Hurricanes mascot, Stormy, will help Rameses celebrate. DJ Toast of Chapel Hill will spin the tunes.

Face painting, radar pitch games and an inflatable moonwalk will be available for fans, who are invited to bring cameras to take pictures of each other with Rameses.

Game-day highlights also will include music by the Marching Tar Heels, Carolina's 315-member student band, at Tar Heel Town and in Kenan Stadium, before the game and at halftime. The halftime show will feature selections from West Side Story, including "Prologue/Somethingís Coming," "Mambo" and "America."

At Tar Heel Town, the band will sound a musical welcome for Head Football Coach Carl Torbush and the Tar Heels at 3:25 p.m., when the team bus pulls in on South Road. Fans may shout encouragement as the players head for the stadium to suit up, walking through a spirited musical tunnel created by the band.

The band also will play favorites including "UNC Fanfare," "Here Comes Carolina," "Tar Heels on Hand" and "Tag" at Tar Heel Town. The band also will play "Carolina Victory" and "Back in Time." Carolina's cheerleaders and the band will begin leading fans to Kenan at 4:30 p.m., when Tar Heel Town closes.

At every Tar Heel Town this year, event sponsor Delta Express will give away two airline tickets. Fans may register during the event for a drawing near the close of Tar Heel Town.

Food, beverages and select merchandise from the UNC-CH Student Stores will be on sale. Fans can pick up free football posters, schedule cards for Carolina teams, schedule magnets, trading cards and Carolina blue bags of UTZ barbecue potato chips, donated by primary Tar Heel Town sponsor UTZ Quality Foods of Hanover, Pa.

Fans are encouraged to park in one of the pay lots downtown or use the Chapel Hill Transit park-and-ride service, which will run buses to and from campus before and after Tar Heel Town and the game. Round-trip service will cost $4. Trips to campus will begin 2.5 hours before game time from the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center and University Mall and 1.5 hours prior from Southern Village and Carrboro Plaza. For more information, call Chapel Hill Transit at 919-968-2769.

Tar Heel Town also is sponsored by The General Alumni Association, The Educational Foundation Inc., the Office of the Chancellor and the Department of Athletics. For more information, visit the World Wide Web site or call Michael Beale at 962-5193.

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(Sykes is a senior journalism and mass communication major from Winston-Salem.)

Tar Heel Town contact: Michael Beale 962-5193

Marching Tar Heels contact: Jeff Fuchs, 962-5695