BOULDER ó On, Saturday, November 17, the University of Colorado will host Ralphie’s Salute To A New Era, a public event to celebrate CU’s live mascot program and also give the public a look at CU’s new indoor practice bubble.
There will be several events for the entire family centered on a tribute to Ralphie IV, CU’s live buffalo mascot since 1998, and the public introduction of the next-in-line, Ralphie V.
The doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the program to start at 11. Football coach Dan Hawkins and several players will be on hand, there will be interactive games for the kids, and for the first 1,000 fans, there will be free “RunRalphieRun” t-shirts, hot dogs and Pepsi.
And the event will also be educational, as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will also be on hand with an exhibit on the presentation of the buffalo habitat in
“Ralphie represents a level of pride and distinction that is second to none. We look forward to sharing this special day with the community at large,” CU athletic director Mike Bohn said.
Ralphie IV is still running great, so there is no timetable for Ralphie V to replace her at this point.
“This is a special opportunity for fans to visit not only with Ralphie IV, but also be the first to see the new generation in Ralphie V,” said Gail Pederson, who oversees the Ralphie program for the department. “We are excited to transition a new buffalo into the CU family.”
It will also be the first opportunity to view the new bubble, which was erected last month. The structure was built entirely with donations, courtesy of Tom and Cydney Marsico and the Anthony Kruse Foundation.
The event is free, and no RSVP is necessary. Parking is available next to the practice fields and at the usual weekend public lots on the CU-Boulder campus. For more information, visit www.cubuffs.com/ralphie.