Posted by: colleenoshea | March 4, 2009

College Royal 2009 Kicks Off Next Week!

The 85th annual College Royal at the University of Guelph will kick off in just one week, and the excitement certainly is building! If you haven’t checked out this incredible 12 day event in the past, be sure not to miss out on the opportunity to this year. “Continuing the Royal Legacy” is the theme of this years event, and what a perfect fit this is, as this esteemed tradition is one that many people from near and far are sure to attend every year.

On March 11 College Royal will officially begin with the “Kick off Pub” held on campus in Peter Clarke Hall. Tickets are just $5.00 to attend this entertaining night, one which celebrates the start of a 12 day roller coaster of adventures.

Sick of winter? Is fashion up your alley? Then be sure to catch a glimpse of hotter weather at the College Royal Fashion Show themed “Summertime” on March 13th.. This show features U of G students modeling clothes from local business. As well, the College Royal officers will have a number in the show which has proven to be one of the highlights in previous years. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are just $5.

One of my personal favorite events of College Royal is the ball which will be held on March 14th at the University Centre. This year’s ball will have a unique twist, inspired by the ball decorator’s previous semester in China. The theme is “Eastern Elegance- a Journey through China”, and the decorations that have been prepared have been quoted as “absolutely amazing, authentic and ethnic”. Walking through the 5 floors of the UC you very well may feel like you are strolling through the Chinese village, climbing over the Chinese mountains, or amongst the celebrations of Chinese New Year. The ball defiantly appeals to musical tastes of everyone, providing a wide variety of music style from country, to hip hop to karaoke, to rock. Tickets are still available and are $30.

The main event of College Royal, the open house weekend, will take place March 21-22 all across campus. There truly is something for everyone this weekend including pancake flipping, tug of war, logging, livestock shows, dog and cat shows, lecture series, milkshakes, square dancing, displays and exhibits by clubs from the University, Old Macs Farm, junior tractor rodeo, photography competition, flower arranging competition and SO much more. Stayed tuned to my blog next week to find out more details on this weekend, including my top 10 recommended things to see and do during open house weekend.

Click here to go to the page which will allow you to download the CR2009 booklet. Using this booklet you can get a head start and circle the events you defiantly don’t want to miss out on!

Overall, College Royal is truly an incredible event. It is the largest student run open house in North America, and that’s what I feel makes it so special. Its exclusively students, coming together to put on a free weekend for the public and their peers to showcase the University of Guelph and all that it has to offer. I’m incredibly grateful for having been involved with organizing this esteemed event, and am so proud of the hard work, time and dedication our entire executive does to pull off this event without a hitch. Be sure to get in on the action….I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

For more information, take a look at the College Royal website at or call the CR office at 824-4120 ext. 58366



  1. The way University of Guelph students take College Royal and run with it — especially during the winter semester, when they are already swamped with assignments, projects and preparation for finals — speaks volumes of their commitment to the university. Best of luck with the 85th edition of College Royal.

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