Agawasie Day



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 entries get a free dash plate
  • Three classes: Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles
  • Trophies for: Best in Show, President's Choice, 1st and 2nd Place Car, Truck and Motorcycle
Volleyball | 1 p.m.

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

  • All teams must be co-ed with 3 girls and 3 guys on the court at all times. There may be up to 9 players on each team with a maximum of 2 Wildcat Volleyball players per team.
  • One player cannot play on multiple teams.
  • The winner will be the best of 3 games to 21 points; the team must win by 2 points
  • If a tie occurs with the first two games, the third game will be played to 15.
  • A team is allowed 1 timeout per game for subbing.
  • Tournament will be double-elimination.
  • If a team does not report to the court at the time of their game, they forfeit the match unless the team is still playing in another volleyball game.

A Captains' meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3 at 12:45 p.m. at the volleyball nets on the lawn north of the Hektner Student Center to discuss the rules, playing times and brackets.

Winning team receives commemorative Agawasie Day t-shirts!

Bean Bag Toss | 1 p.m.

Sponsored by DECA. Sign up the day of Agawasie Day!

Sand Castle Competition | 1-6 p.m.

Build your sand castle at the sand castle competition location and take a photo of your masterpiece. Send it to Winners will be announced via Student Life Social Media. Prizes for most creative and most difficult to build sand castles.


Snacks | 2-4 p.m.

Kettle Corn
Snow Cones
Cheese Curds
Corn Dogs

Picnic & Music | 6-8 p.m.

Taco in a Bag
Dippin’ Dots


Inflatables | 1-6 p.m.

Wet & Wild Slide
Slip ‘n’ Slide
Wrecking Ball
90’ Inflatable Obstacle Course
Wipe Out

Music | All Day
Caricature Artist | 1-5 p.m.
Selfie Station | 1-8 p.m.
Dunk Tank | 3-5 p.m.

Evening Entertainment

Hypnotist | 8 p.m.

Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center
Student ID required. No late entry will be permitted.

Street Dance – DJ Dance Party! Wear Neon | 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Lot 2 (North of Old Main) If inclement weather, dance will be in the Alley. Must have Student ID. Guests must be accompanied by an NDSCS student. No bags or bottles. No re-entry. No exceptions. FREE water will be provided.

NDSCS-Fargo Activities

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

Thursday, May 3 from 12-3pm
  • Giant Jenga
  • Chess
  • Wildcat Beanbag Toss
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Trivia
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Snacks

Door Prize Drawing at 2:30 pm. Must be present to win!


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 Ascience.

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.

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