The annual Stephen F. Austin State University Homecoming celebration begins Friday, Oct. 20, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22. This year’s theme is “Unmasque Your Spirit.”
The weekend festivities start at 11 a.m. Friday with the 44th annual SFA Alumni Golf Tournament at the Piney Woods Country Club. The individual entry fee is $150 and includes tournament play, golf cart, refreshments, box lunch and post-tournament hors d’oeuvres. Team entries also are available. This is a four-player scramble.
The annual Homecoming online auction begins Thursday, Oct. 12, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22. Visit www.biddingforgood.com/sfahomecoming to view and bid on your favorite items. Some items up for bids include a purple Michael Kors watch, custom axe handle, Alumni Drive naming opportunity, purple Sig Sauer pistol, destination getaways and travel packages, artwork, jewelry, unique SFA items, sports tickets, autographed sports memorabilia and more.
Friday evening’s Homecoming festivities begin with a Back In Nac Social starting at 4 p.m. at the Nine Flags Bar in The Fredonia Hotel. Jack Madness will kick-off festivities in the Johnson Coliseum on campus at 7 p.m. with a first look at SFA’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The teams will host a small scrimmage, dunk contest and give away lots of prizes. The Torchlight Parade follows at 8:30 p.m. beginning at the SFA Ag Pond and concludes at the intramural fields where the bonfire, pep rally, fireworks and a special guest concert will be held. SFA’s Alumni Association staff members will distribute free 3-D fireworks glasses, sponsored by Nacogdoches Eye Associates, from the alumni tent.
The Homecoming Jack Track shuttle bus is free for Lumberjacks and guests to travel between the coliseum, bonfire and The Fredonia Hotel. The shuttle will run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. between locations.
The fun continues Saturday morning with the Flap “Jack” Breakfast prepared from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Fredonia Hotel. Children can decorate their flapjacks with special toppings, receive coloring books and have their photo taken with the SFA Lumberjack and Ladyjack mascots and other members of the SFA spirit teams from 8 to 9 a.m. Flapjacks are free for those participating in the Homecoming 5K. The cost is $10 per person for those not participating in the run.
The eighth-annual Lumberjack Homecoming Certified 5K begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Nacogdoches. Pre-registration is available online at www.active.com.
The Homecoming Parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Nacogdoches where onlookers will line the streets to watch colorful-themed floats and pageantry, and listen to music. The Mardi Gras theme of “Unmasque Your Spirit” should bring lots of purple, yellow and green to the parade.
After the parade, the action moves to Alumni Corner (junction of Hayter and Raguet streets) beginning at noon for pregame tailgating. Admission to Alumni Corner is free for Alumni Association members, $15 for non-members, children ages 10 and under accompanied by an adult are $5, and children 5 years old and younger are free.
Alumni Corner will again feature the Suddenlink “Bundle U” Viewing Lounge, live entertainment, Mardi-Gras-themed tailgate food, games and the third annual Fall Fest where children can enjoy a bounce house, petting zoo, face stickers, Kona premium shaved ice, balloon animals and other fun festivities for free. The first 100 children to attend the Fall Fest will receive a “Future SFA Alumni” T-shirt. The Fall Fest is sponsored by Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry.
At 1 p.m. hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will race for more than $1,750 in prizes at the Ag Pond during the annual Duck Dash. Proceeds from the Duck Dash benefit SFA Alumni Association programs and scholarships. Ducks may be sponsored for $5 each or six ducks for $25. The deadline for sponsoring ducks is Friday, Oct. 20.
The highlight of Homecoming weekend is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium when the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Huskies of Houston Baptist University. Tickets start at $12 and are available by calling (936) 468-JACK, online at www.sfajacks.com or at the gate on game day.
End your evening at Fredonia Fest at the all-new Fredonia Brewery downtown. Live entertainment, food trucks serving German food and a special Fredoniafest beer will be featured from 2 to 10 p.m.
The Homecoming weekend continues Sunday with Second Story Tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of the beautiful downtown lofts and buildings while experiencing the breathtaking architecture and history downtown has to offer. Tickets are $25 each and are available at The Fredonia Hotel and the Charles Bright Visitor’s Center downtown. Many downtown stores will be open to shop for one-of-a-kind finds from the oldest town in Texas.
Thank you to the following SFA Alumni Homecoming event sponsors:
Liberty Mutual, The Fredonia Hotel, Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, University Rental, Suddenlink, First Bank & Trust East Texas, XETX Business Solutions, Lettermen’s Association, Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry, Simpson Real Estate, Olivia King-Realtor and Nacogdoches Eye Associates.
For more information about Homecoming events, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407, or visit www.sfaalumni.com/events. You also can visit the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center on the SFA campus Monday through Friday.