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Homecoming to be celebrated Oct. 10-11

BOONE—Appalachian State University alumni, students and friends are invited to celebrate “Home Sweet Home Appalachian” Oct. 10-11. The homecoming celebration includes annual traditions such as the Friday night homecoming dance and lip sync competition. The Mountaineers will face off against Liberty University Oct. 11 at Kidd Brewer Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

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Locations of events for Friday, Oct. 10, have changed due to weather . See updates below.

Pre-homecoming events started on Sept. 24 with the 8th annual Homecoming Blood Drive in the Holmes Convocation Center. A total of 1,265 pints of blood were collected throughout the day.

Homecoming kick-off will be Oct. 8 on Sanford Mall from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Students will join the Office of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving to celebrate with free food and giveaways.

Appalachian’s men’s soccer team will play their homecoming game against Jacksonville University Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Alumni and students are welcome to attend the game at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Friday, Oct. 10

Weekend events start with The Knob race starting at 5:30 p.m. The Knob is a two-mile race to the top of Howard’s Knob starting at Watauga County Library and finishing at Howard’s Knob Park. To celebrate 10 years of the High Country Triple Crown, the night will also include The Bonk, a two-mile run back down the mountain. All proceeds go to Girls on the Run of the High Country. Participants are advised to check the event’s website for any updates due to weather.

Lip sync finals will take place at 6 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center. Student clubs and organizations, Residence Hall Councils, fraternities and sororities will compete to win best performance in this homecoming tradition. The location has been changed from Duck Pond Field to the Holmes Convocation Center due to rain.

At 8 p.m., immediately following lip sync finals, there will be a pep rally also held in the Holmes Convocation Center. The bonfire and fireworks display have been canceled because of the weather and resulting location change.

Appalachian’s Women’s Soccer Team will play Troy University at 7 p.m. at the Appalachian Soccer Stadium in their homecoming matchup. For updates due to weather, visit Appalachian’s sports website or on twitter @appstate_sports.

The Homecoming Dance will be from 8-11 p.m. at Legends. Phatt City, a beach, rhythm and blues, and dance music band, will perform and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Alumni, students and friends who are 18 years or older are invited to attend. General admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For students the cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

The Black Student Association and Multicultural Student Development Office are hosting BSA’s 40th Anniversary celebration. The event will be in the Parkway Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union from 7-9 p.m.

The African American Alumni Association will host their reception, co-sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, at Peppers Restaurant from 9-11 p.m. There will be a $5 admission fee and heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Appalachian professors Keith McCuthen and Todd Wright will perform soft jazz at the event.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Game day will start with the Appalachian Alumni Association’s Appalachian Friends Breakfast at 9 a.m. The event is open to Appalachian alumni, friends and family. There will be complimentary biscuits from Dan’l Boone Inn and coffee from Stick Boy Bread Company.

The Homecoming Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and will go until 11:30 a.m. Student organizations will join the Marching Mountaineers, members of ROTC and other organizations with their hand-made floats. The parade begins in the Raley parking lot and will follow a route west on Rivers Street, north on Water Street, then east on King Street through downtown Boone.

The Mountaineer Tailgate Party for the football game against the Liberty Flames will start at 11:30 a.m. at Duck Pond Field for the game against Liberty at 3:30 p.m. The 2014 homecoming king and queen will be announced at half time of the game.

Appalachian’s National PanHellenic Council is hosting a homecoming step show following the homecoming game. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. Appalachian’s NPHC fraternities and sororities will face off against teams from off the mountain. An after party will be held from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events and to register or RSVP for individual events, visit http://homecoming.appstate.edu.

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