Countdown to Gameday: Murray State

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Murray State Racers.

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PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

Need information on shuttles to Memorial Stadium? Find schedules and shuttle maps here.

For all of your tailgating questions, check out Mizzou Tailgating.

Don’t forget to wear gold! Can’t find your favorite gold t-shirt? The Mizzou Store has you covered!

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Deja Vu Comedy Club presents Sean Kent

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Maplewood Barn Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:00 PM

The Blue Note presents 9th Street Summerfest featuring Dr. Zhivegas

Friday, August 30th at 7:00 PM

Hometown Festival at Bass Pro

Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM

The Blue Note presents Home Tone Records Showcase

Saturday, August 31st at 8:00 PM

90’s Night at Mojo’s

Saturday, August 31 at 9:30 PM

Epic Mud Run at the Midway Expo Center

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

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Bryan-College Station, Texas Welcomes Tiger Fans!

HOWDY!  The Texas A&M Aggies welcome you to Bryan-College Station. We hope you feel right at home as you make your way into Aggieland. The Bryan-College Station area has much to offer, so here are a few tips to make your experience one of a kind.

Kyle Field. Home of the Texas A&M Aggies.

Game days are always exciting here in Bryan-College Station. Eager fans from both teams begin tailgating early in the day and can be found all around Kyle Field. The roar of 87,000 screaming fans in Kyle Field is something you won’t want to miss.

Though many see the University as the hub of Bryan-College Station, there are many things to do to keep the fun going before and after the football festivities.

While you’re in town learn more about Texas A&M and its traditions and history by visiting some of the places on campus such as the Bonfire Memorial, a dedication to the 12 Aggies who lost their lives in the tragic collapse of the 1999 Bonfire, the Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center, the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center, and the Lettermen’s Association Athletic Sports Museum.

The Dixie Chicken

After the game, fans frequently move the excitement and party to the Northgate Entertainment district where you must stop by the Dixie Chicken. The Dixie Chicken sells more beer per square foot than any other place in the United States.

Downtown Bryan is also bursting with live entertainment, shopping, food and more! Plus, it is just minutes from the central College Station area. With almost everything within walking distance, you can stroll the streets while enjoying the art galleries, night life, and striking scenery.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is another popular stop. Here you can walk through exhibits that chronicle George Bush’s life and presidency. This historic spot continuously makes the list of Texas’s 30 most visited attractions and is certainly a must-see while in the area.

For a relaxing night visit Messina Hof Winery and Resort the fastest growing, most awarded premium winery in Texas. Wine tasting, vineyard tours, and fine cuisine make this an unforgettable experience.

If you’re looking for great food you happen to be in luck; Bryan-College Station offers some of the best local food in Texas! No matter what you’re craving (fine dining, the family-owned atmosphere, or something one of a kind) we have it all.

Whether staying an extra night or just passing through, we hope you take advantage of all Bryan-College Station has to offer. Enjoy your stay!

For more game day details on parking, tailgating, hotel rooms, restaurants, and more go to www.visitaggieland.com/gameday

Countdown to Gameday: Syracuse

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Syracuse Orangemen.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Want to take the shuttle to Memorial Stadium? Here’s how to make it happen:

-Make a stop at the Tiger Landing Tailgate on the Carnahan Quad! Make Tiger Landing your first stop before the game. This new game day tradition is hosted by your Mizzou Alumni Association beginning 3 hours prior to each home football game. Stop by the Reynolds Alumni Center and Carnahan Quadrangle each home game and enjoy the following activities:
• FREE admission

• Taste of Mizzou food and beverage concessions including Tiger brats, pulled meat, Shack burgers and Buck’s ice cream

• Mizzou gear available for purchase from the University Bookstore

• Kids’ Zone with inflatable games on the Carnahan Quad

• Big screens with games in Reynolds

• Botanical garden tours departing 2.5 and 1.5 hours prior to kickoff

• Campus tours departing 3 hours and 2 hours prior to kickoff

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Don’t miss out on these other great events while you’re in Columbia. The game is just the beginning!

Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents Thirst
Friday November 16th at 7:30 pm

Asher Roth at Mojo’s
Friday, November 16th at 9 pm

Don’t Mind Dying/Money for Guns/ The Hot Knights at The Bridge
Friday, November 16th at 8 pm

The Hipnecks + Man in the Ring at The Blue Note
Friday, November 16th at 9 pm

The Stone Sugar Shakedown at Mojo’s
Saturday, November 17th at 9:30 pm

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Knoxville, Tennessee – A City Filled with College Football Pride and Tradition

Welcome to beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee Tiger Fans! We are thrilled to have you join us for the University of Tennessee vs. Missouri game and hope you enjoy your weekend in our city. Tennessee Volunteer fans take football seriously and a Game Day in Knoxville is the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall weekend.

From tailgating with family and friends to participating in all of the pre-game activities, Missouri fans are sure to have a memorable Game Day experience.

When you arrive in Knoxville, some great stops for Game Day weekend include activities along the Tennessee River and throughout downtown. From outdoor activities to arts, history, and entertainment there’s plenty to do and see in our city.

Kick-off your visit with a trip to the Knoxville Visitor Center, located in downtown Knoxville.
Find a unique gift to remember your trip at the Uniquely Knoxville Gift Shop or grab
information from the visitor’s desk to help you explore the city.

Head one block over to explore the Market Square District, a central hub in downtown Knoxville filled with shops, restaurants, and nightlife options. Pick up locally made arts and crafts at the Market Square Farmers Market on Saturdays or stop in to one of the locally-owned boutiques. Grab a bite to eat at some of Knoxville’s favorite restaurants including the Tomato Head, Café 4 or the newly opened Tupelo Honey. Walk over to Gay Street and stop in to one of the many art galleries to see some of East Tennessee’s best artwork by local artists.

Savor a delicious meal from Knoxville favorite, Calhoun’s on the River. Order delicious
barbecue and grab a cold micro-brewed beer while taking in the sights of the Vol Navy on the Tennessee River.

Take in the Knoxville scenery along the Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville Riverboat and the Volunteer Princess Luxury Yacht. Head down the river and experience life on the water as you encounter beautiful landscapes and fall foliage on two of Knoxville’s favorite boats.

Want to experience all of Knoxville’s outdoor adventures? Make your way to the Outdoor
Knoxville Adventure Center. Located at Volunteer Landing, this newly opened outdoor location features all the information you need to explore Knoxville’s parks, greenways and wilderness options. Rent a bike from River Sports Outfitters, located on the first floor of the center, and explore more than 65 miles of greenway loops and trails in the city.

University of Tennessee Game Day Traditions

Once you arrive on campus you will find yourself surrounded in a sea of orange. Thousands upon thousands of Tennessee Fans come from across the Southeast to participate in game day activities, arriving by car, plane and even boat! The University of Tennessee combines football and boating unlike any other location in the SEC Conference, with access to boating docks across the road from Neyland Stadium along the Tennessee River. Enjoy a sneak peak of a Knoxville Game Day here!

One tradition not to miss is the arrival of the Vol Navy. Directly across from Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee River fills with approximately 200 boats and forms a floating tailgate party on the river. Take a stroll through Volunteer Landing to see this game day tradition.

Tailgating starts early in Knoxville, with University of Tennessee and visiting team fans
heading to campus to enjoy all the game day activities. Choose the perfect location to set
up your tailgate, with options on campus, around Volunteer Landing, or in the Fort Sanders
neighborhood. Make sure to grab a spot early!

Many University of Tennessee fans will make their way towards Volunteer Village to take
part in activities enjoyable for both adults and children. Activities include live entertainment,
inflatables, and appearances by UT’s mascot Smokey, UT’s Dance Team, Cheerleaders, and the Pride of the Southland Marching Band.

Vol Walk at the University of Tennessee

Two hours before the game, fans can cheer on the University of Tennessee football team as they make their way to the stadium during the Vol Walk. The walk starts at Circle Park on campus and continues down Peyton Manning Pass before reaching the stadium.

After the Vol Walk, the Pride of the Southland Marching Band marches towards the stadium while performing some of the University’s signature songs. Once the band has made its way into Neyland Stadium, fans can stay and listen to the Kick-off Call In Show hosted by Bob Kesling, Tim Priest, and Mike Stowell.

Running through the ‘T’

Once you arrive at your seat, be prepared for a stadium filled with more than 100,000 cheering fans in a sea of orange. Get settled in your seat and watch the football team charge the field by running through the “T” formed by the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, a tradition since 1965.

Once the game begins, sit back and get ready for one of the best experiences in college football because “It’s Football Time in Tennessee!”

As you can see, there is nothing like a Game Day in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information about Knoxville visit http://www.knoxville.org and http://www.knoxville.org/sec.

Gainesville Welcomes Mizzou!

Our friends in Gainesville, FL are thrilled to welcome you if you’re traveling with the Tigers this weekend. Check out more about their great city below!

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We are so excited that you are coming to Gainesville! The competition in the SEC is fierce but our Gator fans are thrilled to have you visit our vibrant college town. Here are a few tips and suggestions so you can truly enjoy your trip to the Swamp.

Like most college football games, getting to campus and finding an awesome tailgating spot can sometimes be an adventure in itself.  If you would like super easy transportation try the GatorAider, provided by RTS, it is practically front door service to the stadium.  For $10 a round trip, the bus will pick you up and bring you back to one of the five convenient locations including the Oaks Mall, Hilton and downtown. Our friends at GatorZone.com and GatorTailgating.com also have some great game day information.  

In Gainesville, like most cities you will find the familiar national chains. What we are really proud of is the locally owned restaurants that have been sprouting up all over.  So much so, that some locals have a list on their refrigerators to make sure they don’t keep going back to the same one or two favorites all the time. In the heart of Downtown Gainesville there are over 25 unique and delicious restaurants to choose from. Our favorites include Emilano’s Café, serving delicious Latin Fusion cuisine with great Sangrias and Mojitos. If you like Asian or sushi try Dragonfly Sushi. Harry’s serves great New Orleans themed menu items.  Amelia’s, behind the Hippodrome Theatre, has been serving some of the finest Italian food in Gainesville for over 20 years. Vello’s Brickstreet Grilloffers a great selection of tasty flat breads and other savory dishes.

The basics of food in any college town is of course, pizza! We’ve got a pretty great selection of pizza including national restaurants and local favorites. These favorites fill up quickly so plan to head over early to claim your seat.  At Satchels, the pizza is only part of the experience.  You’ll enjoy looking around the restaurant’s decorations and art from recycled materials and if you’re lucky you’ll get to eat at the booth inside the 1960’s Volkswagon van. They have a great deep dish and serve a fantastic salad with homemade dressing that you can also purchase to take home. Blue Highway Pizza has a great selection of fresh pizza made to order with thin, Sicilian, and gluten free crusts. They also serve sandwiches, salads and pasta. Piesano’s Stone Fired Pizza has an extreme pizza that will fill anyone’s belly!

If you are looking for exciting nightlife activities – head to Midtown or Downtown Gainesville.  Midtown is a small area across from campus and has several bars and restaurants. The downtown area is also tight-knit grouping of restaurants, bars and shops and is about 13 blocks from the University of Florida campus starting at University Ave and SW 1st Street. You can park on the street or in several of the parking garages that will place you within steps of the entertainment.

If you arrive early enough for the weekend, you can catch a free concert Friday night at 8 pm on the Bo Diddley Community Plaza featuring the 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review. Or just one block away, the Hippodrome, our professional theatre company housed in an impressive historic building, takes a comedic twist with the stage version of ‘Carrie’ that will have you screaming with laughter.

In downtown, the Main Street Bar & Billiards is a great place for a friendly game of pool. A few doors down Rocky’s Dueling Piano Bar will have you singing to some great tunes. If you are into trying new wines, stop by HalfCork’d. They have sophisticated wine sampling technology that allows you to select from over 250 bottles or 56 types of wine served by the glass.

Gainesville is not only home to great university sports and nightlife but to nature and culture as well.Gainesville has some really great attractions that you are going to want to try and squeeze in. Why not stay an extra night and or take an extra vacation day? You never know what you might find! See VisitGainesville.com for more ideas.

Traditions and Tailgating – The Homecoming Edition

Homecoming is a very special time of year at Mizzou. This week is full of special events, festivities and tradition. In this week’s traditions and tailgating, we’ll look at the homecoming queen and king tradition and then give you a couple ideas for your tailgate this Saturday.

Tradition

The tradition of homecoming royalty is one that dates back to nearly the beginning of homecoming itself. Each year, 30 candidates (15 women and 15 men) are narrowed down to the top ten. The candidates are presented at halftime of the homecoming football game and the winner is crowned in front of all the fans. Here are this year’s finalists:

Tailgating

This year’s homecoming football game has an early start time of 11:00 a.m. It’s also going to be pretty darn cold. That said, a hot breakfast is a sure bet for those die hard tailgaters. Here are a few ideas to keep the fans happy:

Sausage Rolls

Breakfast Potato and Bacon Casserole

You would be our hero if you showed up to the tailgate with this sandwich.

Apple and Cheddar Breakfast Sausage Burger

Now that you know the final homecoming royalty candidates and are ready to wow the other attendees at your tailgate, get out there and have a happy homecoming!

Mizzou Homecoming: Famous Alums

Thousands and thousands of students have graduated from the University of Missouri since it opened in 1839. Every year, thousands ‘come home’ to celebrate homecoming in Columbia. Mizzou has also produced countless notable alums. Check out the full list here and some highlights below…you never know who you may run into at homecoming!

-Stage and Screen

Jon Hamm

Hamm attended Mizzou where he answered an advertisement from a theater company looking for players in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, auditioned, and was cast in the production. After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Hamm returned to his high school to teach eighth-grade acting. Hamm gained global recognition for playing advertising executive Don Draper in the AMC drama series Mad Men, which premiered in July 2007. Hamm’s performance earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2008. Aside from his work on Mad Men, Hamm appeared in the 2008 science fiction remake, The Day the Earth Stood Still and claimed his first leading film role in the independent thriller Stolen (2010). Hamm had a supporting role in the 2010 crime film The Town and in Sucker Punch and Bridesmaids in 2011.

Sheryl Crow

At Mizzou, Crow was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, ODK, Homecoming Steering Committee and served as a Summer Welcome leader. Crow graduated from Mizzou in 1984 with a degree in music education. In 1996, she released her self-titled album with the hit singles “If It Makes You Happy,” “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” and “A Change Would Do You Good.” The album went triple-platinum, and Crow brought home Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocals. Since then, she has recorded other hit albums, including the recent “Detours” album and “C’mon”, with the hit “Soak Up the Sun.”
Crow returned to Mizzou in 2002 to perform a concert and again in 2003 to serve as the Homecoming Grand Marshal.

George C. Scott

He entered the University of Missouri as a journalism student, but graduated in 1953 with degrees in English and drama. He spent seven years in regional repertory theater and taught a drama course at Stephens College before moving to New York City. He held roles in several theatrical, television, and film productions, and is best known for his Academy-Award winning performance in the title role of “Patton” (1970). Scott died on September 22, 1999.

-Journalists

Russ Mitchell

He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Mitchell currently co-anchors CBS News Saturday Morning, which he has done since November 1997. He also serves as one of the primary anchors of the CBS Evening News Saturday Edition, and as a CBS News correspondent, contributing to many broadcasts, including the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather, first from Washington, D.C. and currently from New York.

John Anderson

While a Mizzou student, Anderson was a varsity letter winner in track and field. He graduated with a degree in journalism in 1987. Anderson currently serves as co-anchor of ESPN SportsCenter. He joined ESPN in June 1999 as an ESPNEWS anchor after spending nine years as a sports anchor for local stations in Tulsa and Phoenix. In 2002, Anderson returned to Mizzou to serve as the Homecoming Grand Marshal.

Jim Lehrer

He is a graduate of Victoria College in Texas and a 1956 graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School. After three years as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, he worked for ten years in Dallas as a newspaperman and then as the host of a local experimental news program on public television. He came to Washington with PBS in 1972, teaming with Robert MacNeil in 1973 to cover the Senate Watergate hearings. They began in 1975 what became The MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and, in 1983, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, the first 60-minute evening news program on television. When MacNeil retired in 1995, the program was renamed The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Lehrer has been honored with numerous awards for journalism, including a presidential National Humanities Medal in 1999. In the last four presidential elections, he moderated nine of the nationally televised candidate debates.

-Other Notables

Mort Walker

Mort Walker was born in 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas. He published his first comic when he was 11, and at 18, he became chief editorial designer at Hall Bros., ushering in a light, playful style for the company’s Hallmark Cards line. In 1943, Walker was drafted into the Army. He was discharged as a first lieutenant four years later, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1948. While at Mizzou, he was a member of Kappa Sigma and an editor of the school magazine.His first big break came in 1950, when King Features picked up “Beetle Bailey” for syndication. King Features now distributes “Beetle Bailey” to roughly 1,800 newspapers. A statue of Beetle Bailey sits in front of Reynolds Alumni Center in recognition of Walker’s talents.

Linda Godwin

Linda Godwin was born on July 2, 1952 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1974, and earned a master’s and a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri in 1976 and 1980.
Dr. Godwin joined NASA in 1980 in the Payload Operations Division and was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1985. She is a veteran of four space flights and is a recipient of the NASA Outstanding Performance Rating, Sustained Superior Performance Award, and Outstanding Leadership Award.

Norm Stewart

“Stormin” Norm Stewart, best known for his 32-year career as head basketball coach at Mizzou, is the only person in the school’s history to be inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as both a student-athlete and coach.
The Shelbyville, Missouri native and double threat lettered in both basketball and baseball at MU in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Stewart still ranks fourth at Mizzou for his 24.1 point scoring average in ’56. He was drafted into the NBA for the St. Louis Hawks as well as the MLB for the Baltimore Orioles upon graduation. After six seasons as head coach for the University of Northern Iowa, Stewart returned to his beloved alma mater to begin his tenure as head coach at the University of Missouri in 1967. As one of college basketball’s greatest coaches, Steward won eight Big Eight Conference championships and six conference tournament titles. Under him, the Tigers appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments, including two elite eights. Stewart missed part of the 89-90 season to fight his battle with colon cancer, leading him to found Coaches vs. Cancer, an organization that raises millions of dollars for research on the disease to this day. Stewart retired in 1999 and was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Countdown to Gameday: Kentucky

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Kentucky Wildcats for the 101st Homecoming.

PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES:

-Want to take the shuttle to Memorial Stadium? Here’s how to make it happen:

-Make a stop at the Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate on the Carnahan Quad! Gather with thousands of students and alumni as we celebrate Homecoming by rejuvenating a lost tradition from the 1950s. Enjoy live entertainment, a spirit rally, food and drinks. Admission is FREE and food and beverage vendors will be available.

OTHER GREAT EVENTS:

Don’t miss out on these other great events while you’re in Columbia. The game is just the beginning!

-The full Schedule of Events for homecoming

David Nail at The Blue Note – October 26th

Homecoming Retro Night at The Blue Note – October 27th

Halloweenie in The District – October 26th

FOOTBALL FRIDAYS:

It’s Football Friday, every Friday of home football games at the Walton Building! Be sure to stop by the Walton Building, location of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Friday for visitor information and cookies!

Mizzou Homecoming: Schedule of Events

If it’s your first time at Mizzou homecoming or even if you just want to change up the experience this year, there’s no shortage of events to take up your time! Here are a few highlights…revisit your old favorites or create a new tradition!

The Talent Competition: October 22-24

If you’re in town early, check out the talent competition each night at 6:30 at Jesse Hall. Singing, dancing, slight-of-hand! It will all be on display from Mizzou Students during three nights of talent.

Campus House Decorations: October 26

A tradition at Mizzou for decades, ‘House Decs’ is a collection of funny, family-friendly skits   at the sorority and fraternity houses on campus. From 6:30-9:00 p.m., thousands of students, citizens and alumni descend on Greek Town for this annual event. These giant skits are sure to surprise and entertain the entire family and are always on trend with the homecoming theme for the year. This year, it’s “Many Tigers, One Roar.”

Spirit Rally and Concert: October 26

Gather on Rollins St. outside the Mizzou Student Center for the inaugural campus-wide spirit rally and concert performances from Marching Mizzou and the Spirit Squads as well as comments from special guest speakers and a live performance from national recording artist Imagine Dragons.

Brewer Breakfast: October 27 at 7:00 a.m.

Need breakfast before the parade? Like pancakes? Check out this Mizzou tradition at the Brewer Fieldhouse in the Mizzou Rec Center.

The Homecoming Parade: October 27

Starting bright and early at 7:00 a.m., the Mizzou Homecoming Parade weaves its way through campus and downtown to the delight of thousands of onlookers. See the homecoming court candidates, floats, marching bands from across the state and much more!

Romp, Chomp and Stomp Tailgate: October 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Gather with thousands of students and alumni on the Carnahan Quad as we celebrate Homecoming by rejuvenating a lost tradition from the 1950s. Enjoy live entertainment, a spirit rally, food and drinks. Admission is free and food and beverage vendors will be available.

The Game: October 27

The Mizzou Tigers kickoff against the Kentucky Wildcats at 11:00 a.m. for this year’s homecoming, Mizzou’s first in the SEC. Check back Monday for more about the game!

Mizzou Homecoming: A History

As the home to the first homecoming ever, it’s only right that Mizzou have one of the largest ones in the nation each year. This year, homecoming will be celebrated the week of October 22nd, with the week culminating in the football game against Kentucky at 11 a.m. on Saturday the 27th.

One of the most important parts of celebrating homecoming is appreciating its history. The roots of homecoming span all the way back to Civil War times, when Kansas and Missouri were rivals as states before schools. From Mizzou’s History of Homecoming:

Player’s on the field at MU’s first homecoming football game.

Chester L. Brewer, MU’s Director of Athletics, had a vision. His vision, to add some excitement to the rivalry, was to invite alumni to “come home” for the game. As part of this celebration of “coming home,” there was a parade and spirit rally to coincide with the actual game. In 1911, with a spirit rally, parade and more than 9,000 fans packed into Rollins Field (current site of Stankowski Field), the tradition of “Homecoming” at the University of Missouri and has served as a model for the various Homecoming celebrations that take place across the nation.

Since that first homecoming in 1911, Mizzou’s homecoming has only grown and improved.

Those at homecoming are welcomed in 1933.

The Homecoming Parade in 1963

Things are more live and in color now, so keep checking back this week to learn more about this year’s festivities. And welcome home!