Media Advisory: URI Founders’ Day Festival on the Quadrangle, April 27

Part of the celebration of URI's 125th Anniversary.

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URI Founders' Day is a free, public event that will include a brief speaking program and many activities .

WHAT: The University of Rhode Island’s Founders’ Day Festival is part of the yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary. The free, public event will offer many activities, and a brief speaking program will take place.

Among the activities are horse-drawn hayrides, zip lines overseen by the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, corn hole tosses, football tosses and pedal carts. As visitors listen to music, they will also be able to tour the historic Watson House, which is the only building remaining from the farm purchased by local residents to establish the state agricultural school, which has since become URI.

WHO: URI President David M. Dooley, Hayley Greene ’15, a six generations-removed descendant of Oliver Watson, Abel Collins, South Kingstown Town Council president and Professor W. Michael Sullivan, chair of the URI Faculty Senate are on the speaking program; students, faculty, staff and alumni.

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2 to 4 p.m. Speaking program starts at 3:15. The event was rescheduled from Tuesday, April 25 due to rain.

WHERE: The Quadrangle and Watson House, 118 East Alumni Ave., on the Kingston Campus.