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Cal Poly’s Open House to feature rodeo, parade and more

Cal Poly's Design Village: Behind the scenes

Cal Poly architecture freshman Logan Kozlic talks about what it takes to create a living space in Design Village, a temporary city in Poly Canyon during Open House.
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Cal Poly architecture freshman Logan Kozlic talks about what it takes to create a living space in Design Village, a temporary city in Poly Canyon during Open House.

Cal Poly’s Open House is expected to bring in more than 5,000 visitors to the campus and community this weekend.

The event features a full lineup of activities on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, prospective students and their families visit Cal Poly to get acquainted with the campus and its academic programs. The showcase includes a tour of Cal Poly’s architecture Design Village in Poly Canyon, where students design and build structures that they inhabit for the entire weekend. Architecture students worked on the village Thursday in anticipation of the visitors who would be checking out their skills.

5,000 Expected number of visitors for Cal Poly’s Open House weekend

The public is welcome to tour the Design Village from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Shuttle rides are available to take visitors to the project site from the architecture building (Building 5) on campus.

On Saturday, a number of events are open to the public, including the Poly Royal Parade from 9 to 10 a.m. starting at Grand Avenue and Perimeter Road; the Equestrian Team Showcase from noon to 1 p.m. at the Equine Unit; the Truck and Tractor Pull from 1 to 3 p.m. at the field across from the Crops Unit on Mount Bishop Road; and the Cal Poly Rodeo from 5 to 8 p.m. at the rodeo arena on campus.

Colonel Joe Righello and Bruce McPherson will serve as grand marshals of Saturday’s parade. Righello is a former Army aviator and commander, is currently the commander at Camp San Luis Obispo; McPherson spent 26 years in the newspaper industry, starting as a reporter and later becoming editor of the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

McPherson went on to a career in politics, serving as a state assemblyman and senator, as well as California’s secretary of state. He currently serves on the Board of Supervisors in Santa Cruz County.

The Open House kicked off Thursday with a Club Preview Night at the Downtown SLO Farmers Market.

If you go

For more information on Cal Poly’s Open House, go to http://orientation.calpoly.edu/openhouse or call the Open House office at 756-7576.

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