CLEMSON — Clemson University kicks off the 2012-13 school year with the 24th annual Welcome Back Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, on College Avenue in downtown Clemson. The festival is sponsored by the Clemson Student Alumni Council.

The festival includes tastings from local restaurants and prizes courtesy of Clemson businesses and university organizations. Attendees can purchase tickets for 50 cents each to buy food samples and other items.

Clemson Mayor J.C. Cook and university President James F. Barker will welcome the crowd at 5:30 p.m. Their appearances will be followed by the Clemson Tiger mascot, the Rally Cats and Clemson cheerleaders. The Jimmy Fisher Trio will perform from 6 to 8 p.m.

Money raised through ticket sales benefits the Student Alumni Council Endowment Scholarship Fund. The event has raised more than $38,000 over the past three years for the scholarship fund.