Agawasie Day

Agawasie logo 2023


Thursday, May 4, 2023

1 p.m. -  Midnight


Sign your waiver to participate in Agawasie Day 2023.


Order your Agawasie Day T-Shirt

Agawasie Day tshirt

Pre-Order your NDSCS Agawasie Day T-Shirt! This year's theme is Chillin' 'n Grillin'! Every year, students have the opportunity to buy a commemorative Agawasie Day T-Shirt. Order must be placed and paid for no later than April 3, 2023. 


Car Show
Car Show | 1 - 4 p.m.

Click here to register online or call 701-671-2401.

  • FREE to all participants – students, faculty, staff and public
  • First 30 pre-registered entrants to receive a FREE commemorative dash plate on Agawasie Day (1 per person).
  • Three classes: Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles
  • Trophies for: Best in Class in each division and one overall Best in Show awarded.
  • Winners announced at 4 p.m.
Games | 1-5 p.m.
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Lumberjack Axe Throw
  • Gladiator Joust
  • Wacky Millennium Obstacle Course
Lawn Games | 1-7 p.m.
  • Beanbags
  • 9-square
  • Spikeball
  • Giant Jenga
  • Volleyball
  • Disc Slam
Wildcat Willie Photo Opportunity | 2-4 p.m. 
Facepainting by Pikadilly Face Painting | 1-5 p.m. 
Caricature Artist | 1-5 p.m.
Music | All Day
Snacks | 2-4 p.m.
  • Cotton Candy
  • Snow Cones
  • Kettle Corn
  • Water
Picnic on The Oval | 5-7 p.m.
  • Burgers
  • Brats
  • Potato Chips
  • Cookies
  • Water
Evening Entertainment
Comedian: Jordan Conley | 7 p.m. 

Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center

Street Dance | 9 p.m. - Midnight

Lot 2 (North of Old Main)

Must have NDSCS Student ID, guests must be accompanied by an NDSCS student. No re-entry permitted. 

NDSCS-Fargo Activities

Join in the fun of Agawasie Day at NDSCS-Fargo. 

Wednesday, May 3 from 9 a.m.  - 3 p.m.
  • Caricatures: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Music: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Games: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Candy Bar Noon-3 p.m. 
  • Win Agawasie Day T-shirts!
Important Information

Students, employees and community members should not attend if they were exposed to someone with COVID-19, they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or they have been identified by a state health department official that they were in close contact with someone who had COVID-19.

Why is it called Agawasie Day?

In 1914, the School of Science published its first yearbook called the Agawasie.

According to the authors of NDSCS: 100 Years of Excellence, the origin of this name is obscure, but in an early issue of the annual it was explained as an Indian word for science.

Another story tells that two wily students, Max Lauder and Arnold Forbes, had neglected to actually research the real Indian word for science. In order to cover up their blunder, they contrived the word Aggy-Wassy, which later became the easier form Agawasie.

After publishing the Agawasie for three years, it was discontinued from 1917 through 1920 due to World War I. In 1943 and 1944 the yearbook was reduced in size and printed as a softcover instead of the more usual hardcover edition.

Financing the annual varied from the sale of candy, proceeds from the Penny Carnival, student activity fees, the nominal sales price and solicited advertisements. The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, so the annual Agawasie Day Picnic was started.

Publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, but the day for celebration still continues as Agawasie Day.

*This information was compiled from the College Archives at the Mildred Johnson Library.