BGSU Homecoming week is here

BOWLING GREEN, O.—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 Bowling Green State University, especially on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3.

The “Tailgates and Tailfeathers” Homecoming celebration opened Monday (today, Sept.28). Many campus departments and offices are participating in this year’s Homecoming Spirit Decorating contest, with judging based on 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. (Resulting temporary 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 419-372-2401.

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.

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(Posted September 28, 2009 )