INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - For many Boilermakers, Friday was a chance to reconnect with their alma mater.
"It just warms your heart," Purdue alumnus Tom Dagon said. "I love to come to get the Purdue bag and see the train and all that kind of stuff. I just love it."
It was all things black and gold at the state fairgrounds celebrating Purdue day.
"I live about 2 and half hours from Purdue," Purdue alumna Linnea Pennycuff said. "I live in southern Indiana, so it's an easy way for me to get to interact and see Purdue and and be participating in some of the activities Purdue does across the state."
For Pennycuff it's just another boilermaker tradition.
"I haven't missed it in seven years and he's not missed it since he's been born and he'll be three in October," Pennycuff said.
For Boilermakers Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair is a time to remember all of their favorite memories from West Lafayette.
"We used to live right across the street of the reflection pool at club 25, so I miss that. It was always lots of fun," Purdue alumnus Paul Feder recalled. "Everybody got thrown into the reflection pool."
For others, like incoming Purdue freshman Ryan Poor, it's a chance to celebrate with fellow boilermakers.
"It's always been a dream to go to Purdue," Poor said. "I've attended football games since I was a young kid and been to a couple basketball games and now that it's approaching I'm a little nervous, but pretty excited to finally be a boilermaker."
The day was filled with Purdue events including cooking demonstrations from a Purdue top chef, Purdue trivia games, a quick check up from pharmacy students, and of course information on the various programs available for incoming students.
"I'm undecided so they're kind of swaying me to go one way or another and telling me about their programs and stuff, so I'm getting a lot of information," Poor said.
An important piece of information all boilermakers know is the good ol' saying - Boiler Up!
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