Thursday’s Brown Bag features Coach Larry Blakeney

Published 11:00 pm Monday, August 26, 2013

Brown Bag on the Square at noon on Thursday will kick off fall and football season and everyone is invited.

Brown Bag is being billed as “Downtown Troy Tailgate 2013” with a special appearance by Larry Blakeney, Troy University’s head football coach.

Brown Bag on the Square/Downtown Troy Tailgate is presented by the City of Troy Public Relations and Tourism Department and will include entertainment by Johnny Barron, free lunch and door prizes.

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“This is our first Brown Bag on the Square event for the 2013-2014 season and we’ve got a great one planned,” said Shelia Jackson, Troy director of tourism. “We’re excited to have Coach Blakeney as our special guest. Having Coach Blakeney preview the Troy University 2013 football season with us is a great way to kick off football season and our Brown Bag lunches.”

Troy University kicks off its 2013 football season against UAB at 6 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Blakeney is entering his 23rd season as the Trojan’s head coach. He has 169 wins at Troy University and has logged the fourth most victories all-time in the state of Alabama.

Jackson said everyone is encouraged to spend his or her lunch hour on Thursday on the square.

“We’ll have free hotdogs, drinks and cookies from Cakes by Joyce,” Jackson said. “Of course, those who want to bring a picnic or their favorite take-out are welcome to do that. Our Brown Bag lunches are opportunities for everyone to come together and enjoy the fellowship of friends and neighbors in a casual lunch setting.”

Jackson said door prizes will be awarded throughout the lunch hour.

“You must be present to win a door prize so we encourage everyone to stay around,” Jackson said. “We would like to thank Coach Blakeney and Johnny Barron for their participation and our sponsors for providing lunch and the door prizes.”

The sponsors are Trojan Zone, Troy United Women’s League, Horn Beverage, Pike County Economic Development, The Witherington Insurance Group, The Home Gallery, Mayor Jason A. Reeves and State Representative Alan Boothe.