Homecoming is here, and the theme this year is “Music Festival.” To celebrate this, events will be happening across campus all week, ending Saturday with the football game against McNeese State University. Homecoming week is full of traditions loved by students and alumni alike, and Lumberjacks look forward to the activities throughout the whole year.
Monday’s events kicked off with the biggest blood drive on campus in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The Homecoming Kickoff Concert began at 7 p.m. at Surfin’ Steve, where the fountain was dyed purple to show Lumberjack pride. There will also be festival-style food, glitter tattoos and tie dye shirts being handed out.
Joining the homecoming events this year is the Wonder Woman 5K. The pre-race expo will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and will have photo opportunities, an “interactive wall of inspiration” and a DJ with the run starting at 5:45 p.m. This event will take place at the Campus Recreation Center.
Beginning on Tuesday, students will be able to vote for homecoming court, with a duchess and duke being crowned for every classification, as well as the overall homecoming king and queen. Students can vote through their mySFA, or at Homecoming Headquarters, which will be located in the middle of campus until Thursday when voting ends.
The SFA Traditions councils has hosted many trivia nights before; but for homecoming week, there will be a Pop Trivia night hosted by Nerdology. The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Movie Theater.
There will be a homecoming step show in the Grand Ballroom hosted by comedian Darren Brand, who was on MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out” from season 7 until season twelve. This is SFA’s fourth annual step show, held by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The event averages about 1,000 attendees. The first place step team will win a $1000 grand prize and second place will win $500.
Students can pay $3 for tickets or can bring 3 non-perishable canned goods to Room 3.101 in the student center. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Grand Ballroom.
Friday starts homecoming weekend and with it comes one of SFA’s most popular traditions. The night begins at 7 p.m. at the AG pond with a “purple out” rave and pep rally. Attendees then walk down Wilson, over to the Intramural fields in the torchlight parade. At 9 p.m., student leaders light the homecoming bonfire, which gets extremely hot and very tall. Eventually, the homecoming concert begins. This year, the SFA homecoming artist is 3OH!3.
Finally, Saturday. The Homecoming Parade begins downtown at 10 a.m. People from all over Nacogdoches come to show their support for the Lumberjacks, as well as to enjoy the music and floats. People also come for tailgating, which takes place at the Ag pond. Then, at 3 p.m., the game begins at Homer Bryce Stadium.
To keep with the theme, Music Festival, festival style bracelets will be given out at every homecoming event.