Homecoming plans announced; parade registration now open 

The Pitt State Homecoming Committee has announced the schedule for 2021 Homecoming, and today opened registration to the public for the Homecoming Parade. 

Homecoming activities will get underway at Pitt State on Monday, Oct. 11, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 16, engaging current students and employees, bringing alumni back to town, and injecting crimson and gold spirit throughout the community.   

This year's theme: Welcome to the Jungle.  

Here’s the breakdown of events by day: 

Monday 

The Cutest Pitt State Pet Contest opens online. Gorilla fans may use the hashtag #PittStatePet to submit a photo of their Pitt State-loving animal on Instagram. 

Royalty voting will open online at noon for PSU students with PSU credentials. 

Homecoming Kickoff will get under way at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert W. Plaster Center with activities for students only that include axe throwing, various yard games, and make-and-take crafts, with complimentary food provided by PSU Alumni & Constituent Relations. 

Tuesday 

A long-held tradition at Pitt State, raft races will be held at 5 p.m. at the University Lake for two-person teams representing student organizations. 

Wednesday 

PSU students may attend a free movie at 7 p.m.; the location will be announced later. 

Thursday 

Royalty voting closes at noon, as does the Cutest Pitt State Pet Contest. 

A long-held tradition at Pitt State, student organizations will compete in the Yell Like Hell starting at 7 p.m. at Carnie Smith Stadium (rain site: John Lance Arena in the Weede). The Homecoming Court will be announced. The event is open to the public, and will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. 

Friday 

Winners of the Dr. Kenneth K. Bateman Outstanding Alumni Award will be recognized at a reception at 4:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Alumni Center, 401 E. Ford St. It is open to the public. 

From 6 to 8 p.m., The Taste of Pittsburg will be held in the Overman Student Center’s Crimson & Gold Ballroom, sponsored by PSU Alumni & Constituent Relations. Restaurants from throughout Pittsburg will provide samples, there will be live music, and the Outstanding Alumni winners will be recognized again. Tickets: 620-235-4758 or pittstate.edu/tasteofpittsburg 

Saturday 

Perhaps the oldest of Homecoming traditions, the Homecoming Parade will be held in Downtown Pittsburg starting at 9 a.m. It will feature bands, floats, and other parade entries from Pittsburg and surrounding towns. Leading the way will be the Pride of the Plains Marching Band. The parade route extends along Broadway from 11th and Broadway to Second Street. Parking is available in free lots and on side streets surrounding the area. To register, complete this form before midnight on Oct. 10.  

GorillaFest will open at 10 a.m. in Gorilla Village east of Carnie Smith Stadium, with a variety of food trucks, bounce houses, entertainment by the Pride of the Plains Marching Band and the Pitt State cheer and dance teams. 

The football game kicks off at 1 p.m. in the stadium, with the Gorillas hosting Lincoln University of Missouri. Tickets: Free to PSU employees and students with ID in person at the Ticket Office in the Weede Building. The public may purchase them in person, by calling 620-235-4796, or online.

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