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Posted on October 1, 2014

Portrait of the weedrags. Coal Bowl Activities, Oct. 18

  • 11 a.m.: Froggy radio broadcast; Vulcan Huddle; PensGear retail truck
  • Noon: The Weedrags in concert (free admission)
  • 1 p.m.: Football, Cal U vs. IUP

Cal U’s annual football rivalry with IUP will have a distinctly western Pennsylvania soundtrack this year.

The Weedrags, an Appalachian-style acoustic band from Washington County, Pa., will perform a free concert at noon Oct. 18 before the Vulcans face the IUP Crimson Hawks in the 1 p.m. Coal Bowl at Adamson Stadium, on Cal U’s upper campus.

The music

The Weedrags — soon to be known as the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers — will perform from noon to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 18 outside the stadium at Roadman Park.

The band’s music has roots in bluegrass, country, old-time and swing, a style that “resonates with the hard-working spirit engrained in the western Pennsylvania and West Virginia foothills.”

The Weedrags have performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown, Pa., and at other festivals and music venues throughout the region.

Hear The Weedrags

The fun

The Vulcan Huddle tent opens at 11 a.m. outside the stadium.

Look for the Pittsburgh Penguins' merchandise truck from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Roadman Park. A portion of proceeds from all sales support Cal U students through the Pittsburgh Penguins Scholarship Fund.

Coal Bowl festivities also include a remote broadcast by Froggy Radio, 94.9 FM, beginning at 11 a.m. The public is invited to hear the music and get in on the giveaways!

The game

Seeking a victory over PSAC football rival IUP, the Vulcans head to Adamson Stadium Oct. 18 for the sixth annual Coal Bowl.

Game time is 1 p.m. The “Coal Miner’s Lunch Pail” trophy will be presented to the winning team immediately after the game.

The Coal Bowl originated with Cal U alumnus Bob Lippencott ’66 and his brother Barry, a 1967 graduate of IUP, who established endowed football scholarships at their respective alma maters. The family also donated a coal miner’s lunch pail to be used as a traveling trophy presented annually to the winning team.  

“This trophy … is a tribute to the men and women of the coal mining industry, both past and present, for their strong work ethic and dedication to family,” says Bob Lippencott.

Directions to Roadman Park

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