VALDOSTA — Alumni are invited to reconnect with classmates during one of the college receptions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The Distinguished Alumni Dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, will honor a graduate from each college. Cost is $25 per person and advanced registration is required.
Friday night’s events also include the “Blazin’ Downtown Community Throw Down” hosted by Valdosta Main Street. The evening festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with performances from VSU cheerleaders and the Red Hots, music from the pep band, and a special guest appearance from Blaze. The VSU Bookstore will have its traveling store with merchandise for purchase, as well as passing out free tattoos and pom-poms for the children.
Downtown businesses and merchants will be in competition for the best “Blazer” decorations, as well as offering discounts to VSU students, faculty and staff throughout the evening.
“Downtown Valdosta is looking forward to showing its Blazer spirit during October’s First Friday events,” said Valdosta City Main Street Director Amanda Peacock. “In addition to the performances, downtown will be decked out in red and black. We invite everyone to come downtown and enjoy the evening.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be homecoming without a parade and football game.
This year’s homecoming parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. The new route begins at the Oak Street parking deck, heading south and turning right on Georgia Avenue, then right on Patterson Street, right on Brookwood Drive, and concluding at the Oak Street parking deck.
Following the parade, alumni and friends can start tailgating on the front lawn. Barbecue dinners will be available for $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and enjoy pregame festivities.
The traditional Blazer Walk starts at 1:30 p.m., as fans line the streets to cheer on the Blazers when they arrive at the stadium for a 3 p.m. kickoff against Florida Tech.
For more information on homecoming activities and to register for events, visit the website http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/advancement/alumni-relations/homecoming/