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Show Kansas City your Purple Pride when the Wildcats face off against Iowa State Sept. 18 at Arrowhead Stadium.

This week wear your favorite purple attire and show your spirit by posting your pictures to K-State's fan page on Facebook at

K-State's academic groups also are helping paint Kansas City purple with interactive displays to showcase how K-State is working to become recognized nationally as a top 50 public research university by 2025.

The College of Engineering is bringing the SAE Formula One Car and team, while K-State Salina is bringing its student-built Baja Car and information about the campus's new unmanned aerial vehicle program.

Other display highlights include:

* Students from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design will build structures out of purple-boxed, non-perishable food items. At the end of the day the food will be donated to a local food bank.

* The College of Human Ecology's display focuses on athletic training and will include interactive balance demonstrations and rehabilitation exercises used by athletes.

* The College of Veterinary Medicine is offering tours of the Wildcat Express, a 24-foot motor coach used by the K-State Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Fans also will be able to take pictures of themselves as "Dr. Willie Wildcat."

* The K-State Libraries display will be overflowing with history, including a copy of the book "K-State Football Vault," which will be available and open to pages covering the 1963 K-State vs. Iowa State away game, which K-State won. K-State Libraries will have two large cardboard stand-ups with face cutouts that fans can pose with and take pictures.

Representatives from the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Education will be on hand to talk about their academic programs and the wide range of career opportunities available to graduates. K-State Olathe will provide details about its new campus, and the Division of Continuing Education will have information about how working adults can continue their education online. The Graduate School will host a beanbag toss where participants can learn about graduate opportunities at K-State.

Admissions representatives will be on hand with information about all of K-State's academic programs.

The K-State Alumni Association will have a booth, in addition to hosting a pre-game tailgate at the Arrowhead Pavilion near Gate F. The event will feature the K-State Marching Band, Willie the Wildcat, K-State cheerleaders and speakers, including Kirk Schulz, K-State president; John Currie, K-State athletic director; and Amy Button Renz, president of the K-State Alumni Association. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those younger than 18. Food will be available for purchase.

Free Paint KC Purple T-shirts and Mardi Gras beads will be given away to the first 100 visitors to the displays. All booths will have a little bit of Purple Pride to give away.