Purdue Night at fair to feature free ice cream, Boilermaker Special

Purdue Extension Jackson County is hosting an event Thursday in front of the 4-H building at the fairgrounds in Brownstown.

The organization is celebrating Purdue’s 150th anniversary with a Purdue Night.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the first 150 people to stop by the 4-H building will get free ice cream, and there also will be games to play.

Then at 8 p.m., the Boilermaker Special is set to arrive. The university’s official mascot is claimed to be the world’s largest, fastest, heaviest and loudest collegiate mascot, according to purduereamerclub.org/boilermakerspecials.

The train was dedicated at the Purdue vs. Middle Tennessee State football game Sept. 3, 2011, and ever since then has traveled all around the country to various away football games. It also promotes spirit all around the West Lafayette campus for various athletic events and does various private on- and off-campus events.

"We are excited to celebrate Purdue turning 150 at our fair," said Molly Marshall, health and human sciences extension educator for Purdue Extension Jackson County.