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Pat Dye giving back to Auburn (again) with Spring Fling & Outdoor Expo

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Pat Dye just doesn’t quit when it comes to Auburn.

“You want to do good in your life, and I have chances to give back to Auburn,” Dye said. “I’d like us to be number one in all the schools on campus, not just football. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be number one in everything, is there?”

One of Dye’s upcoming chances to give back to Auburn academics is the Spring Fling & Outdoor Expo on April 5 and 6 at his Crooked Oaks Farm in Notasulga, hosted by the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

“It felt like a natural thing to do,” Dye said. “Forestry and wildlife have huge economic impacts on the state of Alabama. It’s good for Alabama, good for Auburn, and it’s fun for everyone.”

Tonight’s fundraising gala will feature tours of Quail Hollow Gardens and Dye’s home, food, live music, dancing, and silent and live auctions on items like a shotgun—a really special shotgun.

“Bo Jackson gave it to me for my 60th birthday,” Dye says. Folks can also bid on “an arrow from Bo Jackson.” Both are signed.

“I was proud of it (the shotgun) when he gave it to me. I’m 73 years old; I don’t know how long I’ll live. It’s coming from Bo and me. It’s special.”

Tickets start at $100, and the fun begins at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s event will be “more public and family oriented,” Dye said. Tickets are $10 for Saturday’s outdoor expo and farm tours beginning at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the weekend will go toward Auburn scholarships and educational initiatives.

For more information on the Spring Fling & Outdoor Expo, visit its website or Facebook page.

Photo: OA News.

Related: Pat Dye remembers the Toomer’s Oaks.

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