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Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Homecoming Oct. 24-30 will be a 'Blast From the Past'

Homecoming parade 

The parade is one of the highlights of Northwest 's annual Homecoming Week.

Northwest students, employees, alumni and friends will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 24-30 with a “Blast From the Past.”

The week’s worth of Homecoming events are highlighted Saturday, Oct. 30, with the annual parade and the Bearcat football game against Fort Hays State. Kickoff for the game is 2 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium, and pregame activities begin at noon at the Bearcat Zone in College Park.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Ray and College avenues. The route will proceed east to Market and Fourth streets. A “family friendly” viewing area will be set up on campus near the intersection of University Drive and Fourth Street where bleachers will be provided. The parade is expected to feature more than 100 entries, including floats sponsored by campus and community organizations, bands and area political candidates. 

The Homecoming Welcome prior to Saturday's parade, with free refreshments, begins at 8 a.m. at the Alumni House, and a dedication ceremony for the University’s new marquee entrance sign is set for 8:30 a.m. at the main entrance to campus on Fourth Street. The Northwest soccer team competes against the University of Nebraska-Omaha at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bearcat Pitch, and the volleyball team takes on Southwest Baptist University at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Bearcat Arena.

In accordance with longstanding Northwest tradition, there will be no classes Friday, Oct. 29, known as Walkout Day.

Friday’s events include the Golden Years Society Reunion honoring the class of 1960, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Alumni House; the ringing of the Bell of ’48 at 11 a.m. just south of the Administration Building; the Student Activities Council’s Walkout Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Colden Pond; the Homecoming Golf Classic at noon at Mozingo Lake Golf Course; the flag-raising ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza; and the M-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The Homecoming student Variety Show begins its two-night run at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 for orchestra seating and $3 for balcony seating. The 2010 Homecoming royalty will be crowned during Thursday night’s Variety Show at about 9 p.m.

Event details are subject to change. For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2010 activities and events, visit Call 660.562.1248 to register for the Homecoming Golf Classic or for information about the Golden Years Society Reunion.