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Oct. 2-7: Homecoming 2017

A week full of activities begins Monday, Oct. 2.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-29-2017

NOTE: Monday, Oct. 2 evening events were cancelled because of thunderstorms and high winds.

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual “Homecoming Week” is Oct. 2-7, with a weeklong schedule of activities beginning with a “Meet Your Royalty Candidates” event Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Centennial Student Union Mall. The free public event will feature a performance by the Maverick Machine marching band, free candy and more.

Monday evening events, free and open to the public, begin at 8 p.m. behind Blakeslee Stadium. There will be a 25-foot bonfire, a light show and fireworks in addition to music, free food and beverages, a climbing wall and games.

Public parking for Monday evening events will be available in Lot 20, located on the corner of Stadium Road and Warren Street. No outside food or beverage is permitted, and Minnesota State Mankato is an alcohol-free, drug-free and tobacco-free campus.

Tuesday is “Maverick Pride Day.” It will be in the Centennial Mall and Lincoln Lounge with music and free food and beverages from local vendors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday’s featured events include the “Fire and Ice Food Eating Contest” in Centennial Student Union’s Hearth Lounge from 12-1 p.m. Food in this year’s contest includes ice cream and hot wings. Near the Hearth Lounge, free cupcakes will be served to celebrate Founders Day, which recognizes the University’s founding on Oct. 7, 1868. This year’s celebration marks the 149th anniversary of the University.

Donations for a “Cram-a-Van” food drive will be collected from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on the Centennial Student Union Mall, and a lip sync and royalty coronation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bresnan Arena.

Friday, Oct. 6 features a 7 p.m. Homecoming concert by rap artist B.o.B and an opening performance by R&B singer Jay Sean. A limited number of public tickets are still available for sale. Details are available online.

Saturday, Oct. 7 events – all open to the public – include the President’s free community pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. behind Blakeslee Stadium. The 83rd annual Homecoming Parade, expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Warren Street, and the Maverick football game against Augustana will began at 1:30 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium. Dates and times of other athletic events throughout the weekend are available online at

Saturday evening events include a free public performance by Reza the Illusionist at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

For more information on Homecoming events, contact Christina Nathan, Student Events Team partnerships and homecoming promotions chair, by email at or by phone at 507-380-6076.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Homecoming has been in existence since 1928. Homecoming week offers students and alumni a way to display their pride and school spirit. Homecoming also allows the greater Mankato community a chance to learn about the university and take part in the celebrations. A complete list of Homecoming events is available online.

Founders Day celebrates the founding of the institution. Minnesota State Mankato was founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students, with a purpose of instructing students in the science and art of teaching. The first class graduated in June 1870 with 10 students. More information on the history of the institution is available here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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