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Celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend Oct. 15-17

Updated October 8, 2010

Colorado State University invites students, alumni, parents, friends, and the larger community to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend in Fort Collins Oct. 15-17. Since 1914, CSU's Homecoming tradition has welcomed alumni, friends, and families back to campus for a fun-filled weekend of activities and events.

"Living our Legacy"

The theme of this year’s Homecoming Parade, “Living our Legacy,” will feature CSU alumnus and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp as the grand marshal. The year’s other Homecoming and Family Weekend highlights include the:

  • Homecoming 5K Race
  • Reunion on the Oval
  • Homecoming football game

Many other activities, including a variety of campus tours, open houses, class reunions and parent association meetings, will be held throughout the weekend.

Celebration starts on Oval

Several events are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the entire community, although a handful require advanced registration and some include a fee for participation. Visit the Web at for a complete list of events and registration information.

The Homecoming Parade features great floats, like the award-winning entry from construction management students last year.

Traditional Homecoming celebrations begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, with Reunion on the Oval in the historic heart of campus. Alumni, students, and families are invited to view yearbooks and visit with one another while enjoying music and family-friendly entertainment. Before the parade begins, enjoy entertainment by the Kathy Connolly Band, bounce houses, carnival games, and snacks. The event is free and open to the public.

Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday

This year’s Homecoming Parade starts at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Howes Street and Oak Street in downtown Fort Collins. The 90-minute parade, featuring CAM the Ram and the CSU Marching Band, will travel south on Howes, through the Oval and across the university’s Plaza.

The parade ends on campus at Meridian Avenue and University Avenue (the West Lawn of Lory Student Center).

Pep rally, bonfire, lighting of the 'A', fireworks

The end of the parade also serves as the beginning of the Homecoming pep rally. The rally will be followed by the traditional Homecoming bonfire, lighting of the "A" and fireworks. The event is free and open to the public.

Also on Friday night, the University Center for the Arts is presenting an All-Mozart Concert featuring University Sinfonia Orchestra and CSU Choirs. Concert and ticket information are available online.

Homecoming 5K Race Saturday

The 30th Annual CSU Homecoming 5K Race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, on the Oval, followed by a free Kid's Fun Run led by CAM the Ram beginning at about 9 a.m. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to attend. The race averages about 2,000 participants.

Ram Town celebration starts at 9 a.m. Saturday

Kickoff for the football game against UNLV is at noon Saturday.

The Homecoming celebration continues at Hughes Stadium with Ram Town beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Located east of the team tunnel entrance, Ram Town features interactive play areas for kids including the Ram Locker Room Experience and an obstacle course. Ram Town is free and open to the public.

Tailgate from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Football festivities continue with the CSU Alumni Association Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate from 9:30-11:30 a.m. outside of Hughes Stadium. Live music, food, visits by CAM the Ram, the CSU pep band and cheer squads will set the stage for the big game. Registration is required at

For more information, visit the Alumni Association online or call (800) 286-2586.

Football vs. UNLV

The Colorado State Rams will host Mountain West Conference opponent University of Nevada-Las Vegas at noon on Saturday, Oct. 16, on Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Special game packages are available as part of Family Weekend activities.

For ticket information, visit or or call (800) 491-RAMS.

Additional events and activities are available throughout the weekend. For more information about CSU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, including a full, updated list of events, visit

Contact: Brad Bohlander
Phone: (970) 491-1545