The Charles H. Fairbanks Armadillo Roast
The Armadillo Roast (#armadilloroast) is the spring social event for the UF Anthropology Department. It originated from a field school party at Fort Center in 1966. The roast became an official annual function in 1972. It is also a fund-raising event for the Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship, which is awarded to graduate students in archaeology. Read more about Charles H. Fairbanks.
Where and when is it?
The 45th Annual Armadillo Roast will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. More information can be found on this year’s event website.
What does it cost?
This is a fundraiser, so we will be accepting donations at the door. The suggested donation is $10 per person (kids eat for free).
Do we eat armadillo?
Well, maybe. As always, there is a mystery meat competition. A small entry fee, $2, is required to sample the mystery meat. A prize is awarded for the person who guesses the meat correctly. Previous year’s meat has included yak, armadillo, ostrich, and so on!
What’s this about a pie contest?
Every year there is a pie contest. As this is an archaeology fundraiser, entries are categorized in ceramic themes:
- Tempered: a pie with an added ingredient, e.g. apples or pecans
- Untempered: a pie with only creme or puree
- Decorated: A notable example was a piecrust molded to look like Dr. Fairbanks!
Are there any other games to play?
Why yes, there are horseshoes. For those that haven’t played before, horseshoes is a tough competition at the Armadillo Roast. Teams of two are formed, and compete against each other. Attendees will also have the chance to try their hand at spear throwing.
What should I bring?
We ask that people bring a side dish. There is also a $10 suggested donation per person (kids eat for free) to cover beverages and grilling goods. Remember, all money goes towards the Charles H. Fairbanks Scholarship Fund.
Is there anyway that I can remember this event forever?
Of course, there will be T-shirts available for $10 apiece. See the Design Gallery below.
History of Designs
3rd 1974 Steve Cumbaa and Nick Honerkamp
4th 1975 Tim Kohler
5th 1976 Jill Loucks
6th 1977 Theresa Singleton
7th 1978 Bob Johnson
8th 1979 Alan McMichael
9th 1980 John Bostwick
10th 1981 Jennifer Hamilton and Barry Hart
11th 1982 Tom DesJean and Tom Eubanks
12th 1983 Patricia Kelly and Marvin Smith
13th 1984 Eloise Gadus and Ken Johnson
14th 1985 Charles Ewen and Karen Jo Walker
15th 1986 Nina Borremans and Ed Chaney
16th 1987 Bonnie McEwen and Mike Russo
17th 1988 Jim Cusick and Susan deFrance
18th 1989 Bill Johnson and Claudine Payne
19th 1990 Marc Frank and Ashley Swift
20th 1991 George Avery and Paul Jones
21st 1992 Ricardo Fernandez-Sardina and Ruth Trocolli
22nd 1993 Brinnen Carter and Mary Herron
23rd 1994 Robert Patton and Robin Shtulman
24th 1995 Flordeliz Bugarin and Matt Curtis
25th 1996 Deborah Pober
26th 1997 Diane Kloetzer and Jonathan Walz
27th 1998 Donna Nash
28th 1999 Birgitta Kimura and Gifford Waters
29th 2000 Rebecca Kiracofe and Al Woods
30th 2001 Patrick O’Day, Sharyn Jones O’Day, Tanya Peres, and Pete Sinelli
31th 2002 Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey, Rebecca Klein, and Dawn Ramsey
32nd 2003 Meggan Blessing, Sean Connaughton, and Scott Hussey
33rd 2004 Scott Palumbo, Jamie Waggoner, and Neill Wallis
34rd 2005 Michelle LeFebvre, Erika Roberts, and Bryan Tucker
35th 2006 Ethan Cole, Renzo Duin, and Ingrid Newquist
36th 2007 Edward Tennant, Rocio de la Fuente, Mike Kay
37th 2008 Rebecca Gorman and Karen McIlvoy
38th 2009 Jeremy Pye, Randy Crones, Ryan Van Dyke, Zack Gilmore
39th 2010 Chris Altes, Rachel Black, Kristen Bright, Jason O’Donoughue, and Jason Wenzel
40th 2011 Ellen Lofaro, Andrea Palmiotto, Ashley Sharpe, Lucas Martindale Johnson, Rachel Ianneli, Paulette McFadden, and Jeffrey Vadala
41st 2012 James Crandall, Stephanie Boothby, Michael Wylde, Justin Dunnevant, Kacie Allen, Melissa Ayvaz, Michelle Eusebio
42nd 2013 Kylie Bermensolo, Petra Cunningham-Smith, Miriam Dominguez, Lisa Duffy, Amanda Groff, Scott Macrae, David Markus, and Yeneneh Terefe
44th Mallory Messersmith and Sydney Roberson
45th Liz Ibarrola and Kevin McDaniel