B y Jaime Thomas
Castleton alumni, family members, students and community members can enjoy a variety of events for Homecoming and Family Weekend this Friday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 20.
Throughout the weekend the college will host everything from a chili cook-off to a 5K color run.
“There’s really something for everyone,” said Melissa Paradee, director of student activities.
The festivities will kick off on Friday at 11:30 a.m. with musical performances and art exhibits running throughout the day.
As one of the many sporting events through the weekend, there will be a field hockey game versus Rivier College at 7 p.m., and Spartan Arena will be open for free public skating.
Saturday, though, is when the weekend really takes off, with what Paradee describes as “a boat load of events” on tap.
Visitors can get amped up for the day with the Spartan Race Challenge, a 1.5-mile obstacle course around campus beginning at 9 a.m.
And from 1 to 5 p.m. there will be a family fun zone in the campus center that will have everything from pillow pets to an antique photo booth, “that might be fun for people to get dressed up for and do pictures,” Paradee said.
“There are lots of activities there that will appeal to students, alumni, family and the community,” she said.
The rest of the day will feature various games, including a football game against Gaullaudet, complete with a precursor tailgating event.
In the afternoon will be the perennial favorite cow-plop bingo, and at night the school will host Dustin Pari, a paranormal investigator, at 9 p.m.
Sunday morning brings a full slate of activities as well.
One particular event Paradee thinks will be very popular is the 5K color run at 10 a.m., which the college is hosting for the first time this year. Runners will be blasted with various colors at different checkpoints throughout the race, making for a very vibrant pack at the finish line.
“It’s one of the trends these days—the students have been traveling to do these runs. I think it’s going to be a really big hit,” Paradee said.
There’s also a nine-hole golf tournament at 10 a.m., and the $45 entry fee includes green fees, cart and barbeque lunch.
Most of the weekend’s activities are free, though some, such as the runs, raffles and bingo, have a fee.
“I’m really looking forward to it and I think it’s going to be a fun event for our campus community and surrounding community,” Paradee said.
For a complete listing of weekend activities and information visit castleton.edu/homecoming.