Homecoming’s back: here’s what to expect

It’s Homecoming week here at Minnesota State University, Mankato and the school is putting on a variety of events for students to get involved in and enjoy.

Starting off strong, Monday afternoon featured a kickball tournament on the softball fields. Students were invited in the week leading up to create and register their teams, and started at 4 p.m. John Shea, a junior at MNSU, stated, “I know that most of the Student Ambassadors made a team and they were super pumped up about going.”

Monday night featured the popular bonfire event, with a Ferris Wheel, DJ, and fireworks. The Homecoming bonfire stands 25 feet tall, and always draws a large crowd. “The bonfire looks like it’s going to be super fun,” said freshman Cassady Callahan.

“I’m really looking forward to the bonfire,” agreed Kaley Daniels.

Tuesday, students will be able to attend and/or participate in a food eating contest in the Hearth Lounge located in the CSU. No prior registration is required, you just have to show up and eat! You can make teams to maximize the points earned as well.

Thursday is one of the busier days of the week, featuring the drive through food pantry in Lot 20, the judging of the campus office decorating contest, and the lip sync battle in the Bresnan arena. “I love the energy of lip sync,” said Shea. “The vibe is immaculate.” 

Caitlyn Loya agreed, saying that “it is so fun to see what people come up with choreography-wise. People are super creative.”

Additionally, Homecoming royalty voting closes on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Idman Ibrahim said that she is “really looking forward to seeing who wins.”

The Homecoming concert featuring artist Jesse McCartney is Friday night, which many students are pumped about. Kendall Soloman said that she is going to show up an hour before doors open. “We are really trying to get front row seats.”

Saturday holds all of the classic Homecoming activities; the parade, tailgate, and football game are all that afternoon. “The parade looks super cool,” said Callahan. The President’s Pancake Breakfast is also Saturday morning in Blakeslee stadium from 9-11 a.m.

“I also really want to go to the football game,” said Daniels.

“I am just looking forward to everything being in person and lively,” said Student Government President Reauna Stiff.

Homecoming events are coordinated by the Student Events Team. More information surrounding Homecoming events can be found on the MNSU website.

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