The 37-foot rig, called the "Bobcat Prowler," makes its debut in the Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and then heads to the MSU Alumni Association Tailgate at 11:30 a.m.
"This is a first of its kind for the university," said Waded Cruzado, MSU president. "It's big, bold, blue and gold - a replica of all the energy and vitality of our fighting Bobcats."
Cruzado, known for her great enthusiasm, added that this "tailgate in a box" will inspire Bobcats all across Montana and beyond.
Brought to MSU by the MSU Alumni Association, chief sponsors are Steer In Trailer Sales of Three Forks and Bozeman Ford provided the trailer and truck. Mid-State Signs of Winifred applied the elaborate design to the trailer.
"We could not have completed this project in time for Homecoming without these folks," said Michael Stevenson, president and CEO of the MSU Alumni Foundation. "The Prowler is such great testimony of the character of our corporate sponsors - they are willing to go that extra mile."
The Bobcat Prowler will attend Bobcat tailgates at home and away games, touring many miles to reach events such as collegiate rodeos, festivals, state fairs and conventions. The tour will give the MSUAA an opportunity to mix with communities of all sizes.
"We will call upon our alumni, friends and champions to join, join, join!" said Stevenson. "We will travel all across Montana to rally communities- to let them know that the MSU Alumni Association supports them as much as we need their support." The engagement is part of a greater mission by MSU to become more connected to all Montana communities, while blazing a trail of enthusiasm along the route.
The Bobcat Prowler may travel to as many as six or seven states in a year, primarily attending MSUAA events as they occur. Officials at MSUAA are eager to reveal the full tour schedule; expected release date is around Cat-Griz weekend Nov. 17.
For more information, or to involve the Bobcat Prowler in your community, contact Lori Cox, director of corporate relations for MSUAF, at 406-994-4595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a member of the MSUAA, please contact Jaynee Groseth at 406-994-2541 or email email@example.com.
Lori K. Cox, (406) 994-4595, firstname.lastname@example.org