Purple Pride Caravan shows out in Smithville

Purple Pride Caravan shows out in Smithville

SMITHVILLE, Tenn. -- The second Purple Pride Caravan of the 2012 season is in the books, having featured slightly drier conditions than the first but an equally successful turnout at the Smithville Wal-Mart. Tennessee Tech coaches Tony Cox (Cross Country/Track and Field) and Polk Brown (men's golf) turned out to mingle with the TTU faithful, as did Awesome Eagle, members of the Golden Girls dance team, and representatives from Tech Athletics, Pepsi and Cookeville Communications.

Three lucky fans won drawings and received game jerseys, and one person qualified for the drawing to win a trip for two to the Tech-Oregon football game in the Golden Eagle Flyaway, sponsored by Magic 98.5 FM.

Following its stop in Smithville, the Purple Pride Caravan will also visit Carthage, Crossville, Livingston, McMinnville, Sparta and Cookeville before wrapping up at the Algood Wal-Mart on Aug. 28, just two days before the Golden Eagle season opener in Tucker Stadium on Aug. 30.

For additional information on the caravan or to purchase season tickets for the upcoming football season, call (931) 372-3940.

The 2012 Purple Pride Caravan schedule and locations:
-Thursday July 12th - Jamestown Wal-Mart
-Thursday July 19th - Smithville Wal-Mart
-Thursday July 26th - Carthage Wal-Mart
-Thursday Aug. 2nd - Crossville Wal-Mart
-Tuesday Aug. 7th - Livingston Jerry’s IGA
-Thursday Aug. 9th - McMinnville Wal-Mart
-Thursday Aug. 16th - Sparta Wal-Mart
-Thursday Aug.23rd - Cookeville Wal-Mart
-Tuesday Aug. 28th - Algood Wal-Mart

Some snapshots from the Smithville Purple Pride Caravan:

Awesome Eagle practicing some blocking with some of Tech's younger fans.

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President Oldham talking shop with men's golf coach Polk Brown
Zach Ledbetter of Magic 98.5 joins the Golden Eagle athletics staff in a rendition of "Call Me Maybe"

Matt Dexter and Tyler Birdwell manning the grill.

Zack Ledbetter of Cookeville Communications, Eric Mick of Pepsi, t-shirt winner Brittnay Adkison and TTU Cross Country/Track and Field coach Tony Cox

From left: Lee Wray of Magic 98.5, Eric Mick of Pepsi, TTU hat winner Jessica Farris, coach Polk Brown and TTU President Philip Oldham

TTU Director of Athletics Mark Wilson, Zach Ledbetter of Cookeville Communications, TTU jersey winner, Eric Mick of Pepsi, TTU President Philip Oldham

Photos by Kate Nicewicz