Take aim Mountaineer football fans. West Virginia University and The Dominion Post arethrowinga party.

Its the seventh annualWelcome to Touchdown CityFan Fest on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. on the Mountainlair Plaza, featuring Mountaineer Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, the 2003 Mountaineer football team and a chance for five lucky people to each win $100,000.

The free public event, sponsored by the The Dominion Post, the Mountaineer Maniacs and the WVU Student Government Association (SGA), is traditionally held before the home opener. WVU kicks off the season against Wisconsin at noon Saturday, Aug. 30.

SGA president Charlie Battleson encourages all Mountaineer fans to attend Fan Fest.We want to show the team what kind of fans were going to be this year,he said.

While the Thursday night time is a departure from the Friday evening pep rallies of previous years, SGA vice-president Jordan Workman says he hopes having Fan Fest slightly earlier in the week will tempt more students to stay in town for the home opener.

A lot of freshmen like to go home for the long Labor Day weekend, so we hope theyll come to Fan Fest, get excited about the football season and decide to stay in town an extra day for the Wisconsin game,he said.

This years event will also debut a contest called theCash Crazy Quarterback Challenge,sponsored by The Dominion Post, in which the names of five people who attend Fan Fest will be chosen randomly for a chance to win $100,000 in a football throw contest. Registration for the contest will be held that evening from 6-6:50 p.m. on the Mountainlair Plaza. For contest details, check the ads in The Dominion Post.

The winner of The Dominion Posts Extreme Fan Contest will also be announced. Fans have until Monday, Aug. 25, to register to win dinner for four with Coach Rodriguez, two tickets to the WVU -Wisconsin football game and other prizes. Check the ad in The Dominion Post for details.

In addition, the Mountaineer Marching Band, cheerleaders and Mountaineer mascot Trey Hinrichs will in attendance with musical favorites and cheers. WVU President David Hardesty and his wife Susan also will be on hand to wish the team well.

The student booster organization known as the Mountaineer Maniacs will be registering student members and handing out t-shirts to those who sign up. Current Mountaineer Maniacs also can pick up their football tickets at the event.

The group, formed in 1999, sits together in 50-yard-line seats at home football games, offers bus trips to away games and other benefits.

Gold and blue mardi gras beads, rally rags and pom poms will be handed out while supplies last.

Fan Fest will take place rain or shine. If it rains, the event will be moved indoors to the Mountainlair ballrooms.