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University and area history will be celebrated during homecoming week Monday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 6, at UW-Stout.
The theme is Channel Your Inner Flannel: UW-Stout’s Lumberjack Homecoming, a throwback to the area’s thriving logging industry from the late 1800s. University founder James Huff Stout was an executive in the Menomonie-based Knapp, Stout & Co., Company lumber business, one of the world’s largest at the time.
“We hope the campus will be taken over by flannel,” said Emily Ascher, Student Services coordinator. “There will be some fun and exciting events.”
The week’s events, sponsored by the student-run Blue Devil Productions, culminate with the football game against UW-Stevens Point at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams Stadium.
Monday: The Gone Country Kickoff event, with games, free food, a country-themed costume contest and line dancing, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.
Also, there will be a presentation on local logging history by Chuck Backus, executive director of the Dunn County Historical Society, at 4:30 p.m. in the Terrace of the student center.
Tuesday: The annual soapbox derby will begin with car construction on the South Lawn, south of the student center, from noon to 3:30 p.m. The races begin at 4 p.m. on Wilson Avenue W., below the Menomonie Fire Department station.
At 8 p.m., comedian Patrick Keane will take the stage in the Great Hall. The show is free.
Wednesday: A Beard and Flannel Fashion Show will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Terrace in the student center. Anyone interested in participating can sign up by email.
Friday: The second comedian of the week, Jessi Campbell, will take the stage at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall, followed by the coronation of the homecoming king and queen. The events are free.
Saturday: A Float Showcase competition and Block Party, sponsored by Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen, will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Third Street E., between the student center and residence halls. The event will include free food, decorated floats, community tables and live music. It is open to the public.
Other activities during the week include the Penny Wars to benefit Special Olympics and the annual Blue Devil Run/Walk Saturday morning. For the complete schedule, go here or here.