MARQUETTE - Northern Michigan University is gearing itself up for another round of homecoming events, scheduled to kick off Sunday with the Dead River Games.
The games begin at 2 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. Teams will participate in several competitions - including an ice cream drop, an obstacle course, an egg toss and a sand castle construction competition - hoping to be the team with the most points earned at the end of the day.
Monday, students will discover a number of things as they participate in a scavenger hunt, which has become just as much a homecoming tradition as the Dead River Games.
People line the Third Street in Marquette as the Northern Michigan University annual homecoming parade makes its way downtown in 2010. More than 100 clubs, organization, athletics, dormitory halls and others participated in the event. This year’s parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, following its traditional route. (Journal file photo)
Tuesday will see a stepping competition at 7 p.m. inside Room 103 of Jamrich Hall, followed by the homecoming king and queen competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside the Great Lakes rooms of the University Center.
The annual homecoming parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on Third Street in downtown Marquette. Themed "Discover the Unknown," the parade will follow its traditional route, running south on Third Street and looping back to the Superior Dome. It will be followed by a reception at The Landmark Inn at 6:30 p.m., and a funky folk dance at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. at 8:30 p.m.
And homecoming sports fans will have plenty of opportunities to cheer their home team on as NMU women's soccer takes on Michigan Technological University at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at the NMU soccer fields and NMU football faces off against Ashland University at 2 p.m. inside the Superior Dome.
Homecoming week will be capped off with a 5th Quarter Reception at 5 p.m. inside the Holiday Inn in Marquette.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.