Bobcat spirit roars at Texas State Homecoming events
By Catherine Harper
Starting the fourth week in October, Texas State will fire up a slate of Homecoming events including tailgating, Powderpuff Football, the annual Soap Box Derby and more, showcasing the ferocity of the Bobcats who keep the traditions alive. It all leads up to the Homecoming football game Oct. 29.
Check out some Homecoming history and upcoming events below:
Encompassing the creation of the Gaillardian Award in 1925 — celebrating 12 outstanding student “favorites” each year — and the Soap Box Derby in 1967 by the Interfraternity Council, the Texas State tradition of Homecoming spans to include the university’s formative eras and some of its most notable alumni, including President Lyndon B. Johnson.
With events brimming with fighting Bobcat pride – alumni reunions, student tournaments and Bobcat sporting events — and variety from the annual Soap Box Derby competition to the Homecoming Talent Show, Homecoming has grown as a beating heart of campus to reflect the diversity of the students and of the university itself.
Firing off the events is Homecoming Court voting, where students nominate the representative King and Queen of Bobcatland with their Royal Court to be announced at the Homecoming football game. Voting will be open online here from Oct. 17-24, with the announcement of the regal winners at the Homecoming game Oct. 29.
Talent Show auditions also offer a little entertainment to the start of the spirit-filled season, bringing out the best of the Bobcats for the Homecoming Talent Show. Students can see which of their fellow Bobcats have what it takes to make it to Hollywood and beyond on Oct. 26 in Evans Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Students can band together to participate in tournaments and competitions including Powderpuff Football, racquetball, 3-on-3 basketball and the Soap Box Derby.
Powderpuff Football is a Bobcat tradition which gathers women for a fighting start to Homecoming, with intramural championships throughout the week showcasing the inner wildcats of Bobcat ladies. Check out this year’s Powderpuff Football schedule and register for the tournaments here.
The Soap Box Derby competition speeds Bobcats to the victory line with some of the university’s most involved members, including those representing student organizations, Greek organizations and residence life. Each team must build a soap box car to race to the finish line. Students can rev up their engines and spirit at this year’s event starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Bobcat Trail.
Throughout the week, the annual Window Painting and Spirit Rally revs up the crowd with Texas State pride. Bobcats can turn out their craftsmanship on campus at the Window Paintings at the LBJ Student Center and Residence Halls on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. The Spirit Rally also caps off the week as a rollicking Texas State throwdown in the LBJ Amphitheatre at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 featuring Boko the Bobcat, Hip Hop Congress, the Texas State cheerleaders, the Texas State Marching Band Drumline, sports teams and frenzied fans.
At the close of the week’s events, Homecoming alumni reunions and sporting events are the spectacular finish to the fiery, full-slated schedule.
For more information about the week, check out the schedule of Homecoming sporting events below, and don’t forget to eat ‘em up, Cats!
- Oct. 27 — Texas State volleyball v. SFA, 6:30 p.m., Strahan Coliseum
- Oct. 29 — Homecoming Golf Tournament, 8:30 a.m., Texas State Golf Course
- Oct. 29 — Pro Rec Homecoming 5K, 9 a.m., Tennis Courts
- Oct. 29 — Alumni Tailgate Reception, 12-3 p.m., Bobcat Stadium
- Oct. 29 — Homecoming Tailgate featuring Natalie Stovall, 1-3 p.m., Bobcat Alley
- Oct. 29 — Texas State football v. Northwestern State University, 3 p.m., Bobcat Stadium
For a complete list of events and registration forms for 2011 Homecoming at Texas State, visit http://txstate.edu/homecoming.