MAILED: Sept. 12, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Various competitions, a parade and football game will be among the activities offered during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Homecoming week Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
"A Knock-Out Bout with Stout" is the theme of Homecoming 1997, an event that will bring thousands of alumni back to Eau Claire.
During Homecoming week students will select Homecoming royalty and participate in various competitions including sand sculpture building, tug-of-war and a snake dance. Students also can participate in the annual Medallion Hunt by following clues published in "The Spectator" classifieds Monday, Sept. 22, through Thursday, Oct. 2.
The annual Varsity Night Live, one of Homecoming's most popular events, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Zorn Arena. The largest student talent show of the year will feature guest host Rob Paravonian. Paravonian won the grand prize on ABC's "American's Funniest People" in 1994 and has become a regular on the college circuit.
The Singing Statesmen, Jazz Ensemble I, and seven other student acts will be featured at Varsity Night Live. Tickets will be sold at the University Service Center and at the door. Prices are $5 general admission, $4 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID, or $2.50 to those wearing a Homecoming button.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, the Homecoming parade will begin at First Avenue and Lake Street, and continue west on Water Street. Led by the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band, conducted by Dr. Todd Fiegel, the parade will include floats and non-musical marching units. A high school marching band competition also will take place during the parade and will include high schools from Cloquet, Minn., St. Croix Falls, Stanley-Boyd, Independence, Altoona, Medford and Elk Mound. Retiring Chancellor Larry Schnack will be the parade grand marshal.
Shuttle buses will take game fans to Carson Park beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Buses will run from the corner of Second Avenue and Water Street, Fifth Avenue and Water Street, and Hobbs Ice Arena to Carson Park. Buses will return to the same locations following the game as well as make a stop on upper campus.
This year's Homecoming football game will be held in Carson Park, with the kickoff at 1 p.m. Saturday as the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds take on the Stout Blue Devils.
The pre-game festival will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with music, food and beverage tents in the pavilions of Carson Park. The Crawlin' Kingsnakes, a blues band, will perform and the Alumni Association will sponsor a Alumni Open House Tent at the festival.
Ticket holders will be admitted to the festival and the game. Ticket prices are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for the general public, $4 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff, senior citizens and youth, and $2 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID. Advance ticket purchase is recommended at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Parking is allowed in Carson Park by entering from Lake Street. No carry-ins or tailgating is permitted.
The Homecoming Dance will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sneakers in the Crest Wellness Center on upper campus. A valid university or college ID is required to attend, and the charge is $2 (free to anyone wearing a Homecoming button). Sneakers is an alcohol-free dance club.
A reception and luncheon honoring the 1997 UW-Eau Claire Hall of Fame inductees will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Spruce/Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Eight individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will be presented with plaques.
Homecoming buttons will be sold from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 3 in Davies Center's East Lobby, while supplies last. The $1 buttons, also available at Homecoming events, are required for participation in some activities and are worth reduced prices at others.
Homecoming activities are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Numerous campus organizations sponsor and host individual events.
For more information about Homecoming activities, call the Activities and Programs Office at (715) 836-4833. For information about alumni events, contact the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 12, 1997