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The Homecoming parade kicks off Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. The parade will include floats, displays, spirit squads, and appearances by UGA athletes and university and Athens dignitaries,  

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UGA Homecoming Week celebrates traditions of ‘Bulldog Nation’

Don Reagin

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By Don Reagin | October 9, 2017
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University of Georgia Homecoming Week 2017—"Home is Where the Arch Is"—gets underway Oct. 9 with a variety of activities and events to appeal to all members of the university community. Activities for students are scheduled throughout the week, and the weekend features events for alumni and the Oct. 14 football game against Missouri, including the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.

The official Homecoming kickoff will be the annual Bulldog Bash Oct. 9 on Tate Student Center Plaza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with games, free food and giveaways for students. That night, registered student organizations will paint Sanford Drive at the Tate bus stop. The street painting will be on display throughout the week.

A Lip Sync competition is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Grand Hall of the Tate Student Center. Student organizations will prepare three-minute acts consisting of song, dance and lip syncing, and they will perform for a panel of judges. Admission is free.

On Oct. 11, the Homecoming Committee is planning a special evening of entertainment. Details will be available shortly at http://homecoming.uga.edu or on Facebook (UGA Homecoming) and Twitter (@UGAHomecoming).

The Homecoming Committee will partner with ServeUGA to host Stop & Serve Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tate Plaza. The event is free and will give students the opportunity to engage in several quick service-related projects benefiting the Athens community.

The Homecoming parade kicks off Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. and winds through downtown Athens. Led by the Redcoat Band, the parade will include floats, displays, spirit squads and appearances by UGA athletes and university and Athens dignitaries.

Following the parade, an expanded Homecoming Carnival, hosted by University Union Student Programming Board, will be held on the Legion Field parking lot as well as the field itself from 7-11 p.m. with games, midway rides and free food. Admission is free for students with valid UGACards and $5 for nonstudents.

Voting for Homecoming king and queen will open for students from Oct. 9-13; the ballot can be accessed on the UGA mobile application under the "UGA Polls" link.

Homecoming Court members, all of whom are seniors, are Nidhi Aggarwal, a genetics major from Statesboro; Madison Dill, an anthropology, international affairs and Spanish major from Dunwoody; Jacquelyn Harms, a political science and international affairs major from Camas, Washington; Mindy Griffith, a music education major from Newnan; Risa Matsumura, a cultural anthropology and sociology major from Johns Creek; Omar France, an English major from Jonesboro; Ripken Gorman, a political science, religion and sociology major from Macon; Cameron Keen, a political science and international affairs major from Dublin; Joshua Kenway, an economics and political science major from London, England; and Julius Thomas, a marketing major from St. Marys.

Donia Wanna, a fourth-year international affairs and political science major from Macon who serves as director of the Homecoming Committee, said the committee is proud to offer a range of activities to celebrate school spirit.
"UGA Homecoming is extremely excited to host a wonderful week filled with a diverse lineup of events for all students, faculty, staff and the community of Athens," she said. "We look forward to seeing the entire community come together in showing their Bulldog pride."

The Homecoming Committee and the University Union Student Programming Board are registered student organizations within UGA Student Affairs.

For more information about Homecoming events, call 706-542-6396 or see http://homecoming.uga.edu.

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