It’s Homecoming week, the rite of fall that comes complete with parades, pep rallies, football and other festivities on college campuses across the land. And this week will be no different at BGSU, especially on Friday and Saturday.
The “Tailgates and Tailfeathers” Homecoming celebration opens with a kickoff from noon to 3 p.m. today (Sept. 28) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Oval.
Many campus departments and offices are participating in this year’s Homecoming Spirit Decorating contest. Judges will visit offices on Thursday to rate their creativity, spirit and use of the Homecoming parade theme “Rated BG.”
Fast-forward to Friday, and Homecoming kicks into high gear with the parade, stepping off at 5 p.m. from the corner of Alumni Drive and Mercer Road. The parade will take Mercer to Wooster Street before going west to South College Drive and University Hall. (Temporary, resulting road closures are listed at www.bgsu.edu/offices/mc/homecoming/page35592.html.) The University Hall lawn will then be the site of a pep rally and crowning of Homecoming royalty at 6:15 p.m.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of BGSU’s 1959 national football championship, and Coach Doyt Perry’s title-winning team will be featured at “Dinner at the Doyt,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the stadium. For tickets or more information, call 2-2401.
Saturday starts with the Freddie and Frieda 5K Fun Run and Walk. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center, followed by the race at 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for BGSU students, children (under 18) and adults over 60, and $25 for others. Prospective participants may register online at http://bgsualumni.inhousetickets.com/events/44111 or save $5 by calling 888-839-2586.
The week’s activities will culminate with the Homecoming football game, as the Falcons meet the Ohio University Bobcats in their Mid-American Conference opener. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. at Perry Stadium.
Everyone is encouraged to stop by Homecoming Headquarters at Mileti Alumni Center, where they can get campus maps and detailed Homecoming information and buy a Homecoming T-shirt for $5. Homecoming Headquarters hours are 3-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.