Colorado State University Invites Students and Fort Collins Community to Kick Off Homecoming with New Twists on Traditional Events Oct. 9

Colorado State University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend events will kick off earlier this year, with music, food and games starting at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 9. The celebration takes place on the west lawn of the Lory Student Center.

ASAP, CSU’s student programming board, will present a first-ever homecoming music festival featuring the regional band, The Heyday, at 1:30 p.m., followed by the local band Meese at 3:15 p.m.

Also new this year, food will be available for purchase – cash only – from a variety of local vendors including: Mountain Fair Kettle Corn, Souza’s Smokin BBQ, Cheba Hut, Pizza Casbah, C.B. & Potts, Hog Wild BBQ, Woody’s Wood-Fired Tavern, Snowball Delight and Consuelo’s Mexican Restaurant. Food sales begin at 1:30 and will remain open for cash sales until 8 p.m.

The celebration will continue with the 2009 Homecoming Parade, which will begin downtown at 4:30 p.m. and end its route on campus at University Avenue and Meridian.

The traditional Homecoming Festival will follow at 6 p.m., where attendees will enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with inflatable games and CSU spirit. A performance by Two Bits a Gander, the 2009 CSU Idol winner, will begin the evening’s musical fare and the final round of CSU Idol will precede the traditional pep rally featuring CSU head football coach Steve Fairchild, Ram football players and the CSU marching band.

The celebration will culminate with the annual Homecoming bonfire, lighting of the “A” and a fireworks display.

For more information about Homecoming and Family Weekend events, contact CSU Events at (970) 491-4601 or visit