ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 20, 2004) -- Homecoming's theme of "200 Years and Still Rockin" will commemorate and celebrate Ohio University as a hub for emerging musicians and the unique ambience that can only be captured on Ohio's campus. Events will start on Thursday, Oct. 21, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 24.
The festivities will kick off Thursday at 7 p.m. with Student Alumni Board's "Yell Like Hell" pep rally at Peden Stadium. Rock the stadium with local band Break of Day, the Ohio Marching 110, Section 8, the Singing Men of Ohio, Bodies in Motion, the Ohio University Dance Team, the OHIO Bobcats Football Team, Coach Brian Knorr, the Ohio University Cheerleaders, the Bobcat, fall sports teams and the O-Zone. Student Alumni Board will be giving away many exciting prizes.
The fun continues on Friday with the Alumni Awards Gala sponsored by the Ohio University Alumni Association, beginning with a $25 reception at 6 p.m. at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. At the 8 p.m. gala, awards will be presented to the 2004 Alumna of the Year and other distinguished Ohio University alumni, as well as naming the 2004 Honorary Alumna. World-renowned vocal performance artist Dwight Lenox will be captivating the audience with his rich tenor voice. He will be performing a variety of jazz, swing and blues songs. Others will perform musical selections representing the decades of Ohio University's history.
Saturday morning's activities will get rockin' and rollin' with an Alumni Open House at Konneker-Alumni Center and then the annual Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. This year's parade will feature floats and banners celebrating Ohio University's cultivation and support of diverse music. The parade will travel on the same route as last year.
Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to come to the Homecoming Festival at Pepsi Tailgreat Park, starting at 11 a.m. The festival will feature sumo wrestling, giant twister, a giant slide and, of course, music and prizes. This year's festival will feature an old tradition made new again - The official Ohio University School Ring Ringing Ceremony. The festival is open to everyone and attendance is free.
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