Rob Le Cates
Homecoming weekend has arrived, and Friday and Saturday will see events like the parade take place.
This Friday will see the weekly Selfie Fridays Photo Contest continue, where participants can post pictures of themselves on social media in their 2021 EIU Homecoming Spirit T-shirt and have the chance to win various gift cards.
Field Day is also on Friday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. in the Library Quad and according to Eastern’s homecoming website, “This fun-filled event will feature races, team games and over-sized games for giveaways and prizes.”
The classes of 1970-71 will celebrate their 50th anniversary Friday afternoon in the MLK Jr. Union at 4 p.m.
Across the sidewalk in McAfee Gym there will be a pep rally from 7-9 p.m. that includes spirit contests and the introduction of Eastern’s Royalty Court.
Saturday starts with a Rotary Pancake Breakfast in the Dirty’s Bar and Grill parking lot from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
According to the homecoming page, the proceeds will benefit local charities.
The 23rd annual Homecoming 2.5k Race, which starts at 9 a.m. and is sponsored by Eastern’s recreation department, will take runners and walkers around the square to the finish line in front of Old Main.
The Homecoming Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. and will go from 6th to 7th St. According to the homecoming page, the annual tradition features an estimated 100 vehicles.
John Schmitt, Eastern Class of 1976 and 1978, is this year’s HC Parade Grand Marshal, a title awarded to “an individual(s) who have made significant contributions to the EIU mission, vision and community.”
From 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be an “Alumni Tent City” outside O’Brien Field, which includes free food and giveaways. Around the same time, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. there will be a tailgate in O’Brien’s parking lot.
The 103rd homecoming game, which sees Eastern hosting the Tennessee State Tigers, takes place in O’Brien at 2 p.m.
Homecoming weekend wraps up with an alumni awards dinner. There will be a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and the awards dinner and ceremony is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 a person.
Ryan Meyer can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]