Homecoming ’06 set for Oct. 13-15 at Western

Western Carolina University students past and present will gather Oct. 13-15 to celebrate Homecoming 2006, with activities on campus and in the university’s hometown of Sylva.

Western will hold its 11th annual Homecoming parade in downtown Sylva beginning at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. The parade will include community and university floats, the Homecoming court, and Western athletes, cheerleaders and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. A pre-parade float-building party begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Following Friday’s parade, a “Spirit Night” celebration – including a pep rally, music, food, fireworks and more – will begin at 8 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex following the Lady Cats soccer match versus The College of Charleston. Also Friday is the Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament, teeing off at noon at Waynesville’s Laurel Ridge Country Club. Reservations are required.

WCU dancers give out candy during the 2005 Homecoming parade through downtown Sylva.

WCU dancers give out candy during the 2005 Homecoming parade through downtown Sylva.

The Homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime during the Saturday, Oct. 14, football game between Western and Southern Conference foe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

Before the game, Saturday events will include an alumni breakfast, special tailgate parties and reunion luncheons for the classes of 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1966, 1956 and 1946. Reservations are required for the breakfast.

Post-game activities include StompFest 2006, a step show competition among African-American fraternity and sorority groups. On Sunday, Oct. 15, a homecoming weekend rafting trip will be held on the Nantahala River at 10 a.m. Registration is required. The weekend festivities will conclude later in the day with a performance by Western’s Inspirational Choir at 3:30 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center.

For reservations or more information, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (877) 440-9990 or (828) 227-7335; or the A.K. Hinds University Center offices at (828) 227-7206.


Ricky Rainey and Lauren Riggan, 2005's Homecoming king and queen.

Ricky Rainey and Lauren Riggan, 2005’s Homecoming king and queen.