Homecoming in Paradise City
by Joel Griffin
The fall semester is officially in session and Dixie State University’s (DSU) campus is alive with new and returning Trailblazers. Now, DSU invites you to come back to campus, October 23-28 for the 2017 Homecoming: Paradise City.
Inspired by the popular Guns N’ Roses hit, the 2017 Homecoming theme celebrates DSU’s one-of-a-kind St. George setting that students, alumni, and community cherish. This Homecoming, you can show your support and appreciation for your local University by joining Dixie State’s rich traditions.
The iconic D on the Black Hill will glow red on Sunday night, October 22 as a signal to the community that the 2017 Homecoming Week has arrived. The D turning red is a tradition that happens just twice a year for Homecoming and D-Week.
Monday night at 6:00 pm, come to the Alumni House for the Classic Car show and enjoy a free all-American dinner provided by the DSU Alumni Association.
The annual Miss Dixie State University Pageant will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday in the Cox Performing Arts Center. Former Homecoming Queens are invited to participate on stage in one of the fan-favorite portions of the night where they will be asked to share their favorite Dixie memories. Tickets for the pageant are $5.
Drive up to the Ridge Top Complex at 620 S. Airport Road on Wednesday night, for the free Drive-In Movie overlooking St. George. This event is a tradition that began three years ago and has since become one of DSU’s all-time most popular community events. Watch a family movie on the giant screens and catch dinner just outside your car at one of the many local food trucks that will be on hand. The gates will open at 7:00 pm, so be sure to be on time because the spaces will fill up quickly.
The high-energy Alumni Assembly is a free talent show held in the Eccles Fine Arts Concert Hall at 10:00 am on Friday. Members of the class of 1967 will be honored there in celebration of 50 years.
Later that night, the Alumni Banquet will combine with the Founders’ Day Assembly and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the Gardner Center Ballroom at 6:00 pm. This event is a special opportunity to honor individuals who have made an impact on DSU and the community. Tickets for the Alumni Banquet are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Alumni office or ordered at (435) 652-7535.
Even later on Friday night, show your school spirit by joining President Richard “Biff” Williams in the wee hours for the Midnight 5K, held at the renovated Legend Solar Stadium. To register for the race, visit dixie.edu/midnight5k. Entrance to the race for students and alumni is $10, and community members can participate for $15.
Homecoming Week culminates with Saturday’s events, starting with the annual Homecoming Parade at 10:00 am on Tabernacle Street from 700 East to Main Street. The parade is one of the most well-attended community events of the year, with around 100 parade entrants and approximately 3,000 spectators. After the parade, grab lunch at the Alumni House between 11:00 am and 12:45 pm. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, snow cones, and ice cream will be served at the Homecoming Tailgate Party.
The Homecoming football game against Adams State University kicks off at 1:00 pm in the newly transformed Legend Solar Stadium. Wear red and support the Trailblazers as they work to build on last year’s record-breaking season. Tickets for the game are $7 for general seating and $10 for reserved seating with free admission for children 12 and under.
For a complete schedule of all Homecoming Week activities and events, please visit www.dixie.edu/homecoming.