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Homecoming returns, with a few scheduling changes

by Chuck Gordon

After a two-year wait, in-person Homecoming festivities are back on.

A year after Covid-19 forced the annual celebration to go virtual, Wingate University will hold live Homecoming events this year. The recent surge in Covid infections caused by the delta variant has caused a few changes, but several events will go on as planned: The 39th Bill Connell Memorial Golf Tournament, the Unity House Grill & Chill, the pregame Homecoming Festival and tailgating, all athletic events (soccer, lacrosse and football), and the postgame fireworks are all still on. The 50th Reunion brunch will also still be held but has been moved to the Bulldog Club tent at the stadium.

A few events have been canceled or postponed: the Thursday-night Clambake will not take place, and the Blue Carpet Gala has been postponed until the spring. The Reunion Year Celebration, a drop-in planned for the newly remodeled Crowder Welcome Center, has been canceled, but anyone celebrating a milestone reunion year this year or last year (grad years ending in a 0, 1, 5 or 6) is encouraged to come to the Homecoming Festival for some free Bulldog swag.

The Homecoming Festival, in the field adjacent to the tailgating parking lot at Irwin Belk Stadium, will offer live music, local food trucks, face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and more.

After Wingate’s 6 p.m. Homecoming game against Tusculum, plan to stay for a fireworks display. The 16th-ranked Bulldogs are currently 3-0 after a 25-3 win at Carson-Newman on Saturday.

For more information, visit the Homecoming 2021 page.