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U of G students strut their stuff

What’s still going strong in its 90th year, entertains and enlightens tens of thousands of people annually and ends March break with a bang many for local families?
The answer, of course, is College Royal, which bills itself as North America’s largest student-run university open house.
An annual tradition since 1925, College Royal is a 12-day-long event for university students that includes the College Royal Ball, a Kick Off Pub, a fashion show, square dancing and other popular events.
For the general public, it’s a weekend filled with an almost endless list of things to do on the local campus. And it’s free for the whole family.
This Saturday and Sunday, kids won’t have to venture to a farm to see farm animals. Old MacDonald’s New Farm is a perennial College Royal favourite, and livestock shows are also a popular draw.
Lots of people like College Royal’s annual dog and cat shows, but this year it’s highlighting what it calls a rabbit hopping show as well. Hop to it.
Teddy bear surgery is a big College Royal attraction each year, a chance for kids to bring their stuffed animals to be checked out by Ontario Veterinary College students. Parents should remember to bring their cameras for this one.
And the list of College Royal events goes on: logging competitions, photography and art, synchronized swimming demonstrations, a flower-arranging competition, a pancake-flipping contest, a community art extravaganza, a “chili chow-down, a junior tractor rodeo, face painting, a chemistry magic show, food science milkshakes, and displays and exhibits by U of G student clubs.
The full schedule can be viewed online at, by the way.
The university is important year-round. But this weekend, U of G students get a chance to show it off in a really big way.
It’s a treat fit for a Royal City.

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