||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Announced at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Sept. 13, 1999|
Homecoming Week, one of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's largest annual events, will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 2 complete with numerous activities, a parade and football game.
With the theme "Carson Wars: Episode 99 The Phantom Football Menace," a parody of the recently released "Star Wars" movie, Homecoming is expected to draw thousands of alumni back to Eau Claire to join students, faculty and the public in the celebration.
During the week students will select Homecoming royalty and participate in various activities including window painting, sand sculpturing, dancing and competing in games. Clues to the annual medallion hunt will appear in the student newspaper, The Spectator, starting Sept. 20.
The student talent show "Varsity Night Live!" will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in Zorn Arena. Along with a number of other student acts, The Singing Statesmen and Jazz Ensemble I will perform. Taylor Mason, a comedian-ventriloquist seen frequently on network and cable television, will host the show. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center's West Lobby and will be sold at the door. Prices are $6 general admission, $5 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card, or $2.50 for those wearing a 1999 Homecoming button.
The Homecoming parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at First Avenue and Lake Street. The parade will proceed south to Water Street, turn west and disband at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street. The UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band, conducted by Dr. Robert Bayless, will lead the parade that includes floats and non-musical marching units. High school bands will perform and compete along the parade route. Don Parker, UW-Eau Claire wrestling head coach, will be grand marshal.
After the parade, shuttle buses will take game fans to Carson Park beginning at 11 a.m. from the corners of Second Avenue and Water Street and Fifth Avenue and Water Street, as well as from Towers Hall. Shuttles will run continuously until 90 minutes after the game (the end of the festival's Fifth Quarter in Carson Park). Parking is allowed in Carson Park by entering from Lake Street.
No carry-ins or tailgating is permitted in Carson Park.
The traditional pre-game Homecoming festival will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with music, food and beverage tents in the pavilions at Carson Park. The Kingsnakes, a blues and swing band, will perform; a virtual thrill ride called Reactor 2 will be on the grounds; and the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will sponsor an Alumni Open House Tent at the festival. Admission requires a Homecoming football game ticket or a 1999 Homecoming button. Proof of age is required to purchase beer at the festival.
The UW-Eau Claire Blugolds will play the UW-Platteville Pioneers at the Homecoming football game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Carson Park. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are on sale at the University Service Center and can be purchased at the gate. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats; $5 for the general public; $4 for UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, senior citizens and youth; or $2 with a UW-Eau Claire student ID card.
A post-Homecoming party will begin at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sneakers Dance Club, the alcohol-free nightclub in Crest Wellness Center. A valid university or college ID is required; admission is $1 or free to anyone wearing a 1999 Homecoming button.
Homecoming buttons will be on sale for $1 weekdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Davies Center's east lobby. Also sold at Homecoming events, Homecoming buttons are required for participation in all activities. Buttons are worth reduced admission to the "Varsity Night Live!" show; free admission to the pre-game Homecoming festival; free Reactor 2 rides at the festival; and free admission to the post-Homecoming party at Sneakers.
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 events, call the Activities and Programs Office at (715) 836-4833. For more information about alumni activities, contact the Alumni Association at (715) 836-3266.
Ticket information is available from the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or, toll-free outside the Eau Claire area, (800) 949-8932. Telephone orders require payment by MasterCard or Visa, and a $3 handling charge is added to all telephone orders.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 13, 1999