A Brief History Of A-Day
The first A-Day was held May 21, 1949, on the campus property of The National Agricultural College, later renamed Delaware Valley College. A-Day, short for "Activities Day," was a single day when the students of the college worked together to showcase various agricultural displays and exhibits. Today, the tradition of A-Day continues with the hard work and dedication of the students at Delaware Valley College. All of the programs are planned and operated by the students with minimal guidance from faculty and administration. The heart of the A-Day is a planning team made up of representatives from 30 campus clubs and organizations, and 12 executive team members elected by the participating clubs and organizations. In 2004, A-Day worked with the PA State Association of County Fairs to enter the fair funds program. For the first time, entries were accepted from the Bucks County community. These entries were judged, premiums were paid, prizes were awarded, and results were recorded; opening up the exhibits to the local public attracted more people onto the campus to see A-Day over the course of the weekend.
A-Day has continued to better meet the needs of its guests and to broaden its avenues of public education. In the past, A-Day was only a two day event. For our 60th Anniversary, A-Day was opened for a full day of business on Friday. We invited local schools to participate in planned A-Day activities that highlighted agricultural education. A number of educational programs and lectures were held during the weekend that used A-Day's resources for education, such as the State funded ‘Ag in the Classroom' and ‘Wow, I didn't Know That!' agricultural education programs. A-Day and the DVC NAMA chapter hosted a business Leadership Seminar for the Mid-Atlantic Alliance of Cooperatives for local high school students. Not only does A-Day reach out through education and entertainment, but through providing a place for achievement. A-Day has been cooperating with the Bucks County ‘PROGRESS' program to provide the program participants with an outlet to complete their community service requirements.
A-Day would not exist without the involvement of the student body. The planning committee and executive team is made up of 40 students, nearly all of which are members of at least one of the 30 participating student organizations. The clubs that participate as an active member of A-Day can earn money for their club by working in a variety of booths, tents, or exhibits during the weekend. Many of these students who hold committee chairs also act as their club representative, who organizes the club hours and work assignments for the weekend.