We can’t predict what the weather will be like tomorrow, perhaps, but we can predict serious heat around California State University, Fresno that should peak on Oct. 20.
That’s the university’s Homecoming football showdown against longtime rival San Jose State. And to get ready for the big game, there will be more than week’s worth of activities built around the theme “Bulldog Blaze: The heat is on.”
That’s why chile-eating and salsa-recipe contests are among the on-campus events the week of the game. And there are plenty of other activities – on and off campus – to promote spirit among students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.
Before the 2 p.m. kickoff for the game in Bulldog Stadium, there will be alumni chapter reunions, student competitions, music, wine tastings and the Top Dog Alumni Award Gala, one of the university’s premier social events.
Students and staff have been working for several months on the Homecoming program. The preliminary schedule follows:
Friday, Oct. 12 – Engineering Alumni Chapter golf tournament, 1 p.m. Riverside Golf Club, Fresno.
Monday, Oct. 15 – Relay race (minibike ride, Slip ’n Slide, three-legged race), airbrush tattoos, chile pepper-eating contest, booth decorating contest, 11 a.m. Free Speech Area. Office decoration begins.
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Live music in the Pit, judging of office decorating contest, 11 a.m. University Student Union. Red, White and Wine! (Alumni and Friends of the Craig School of Business), 5:30 p.m. University House. Volleyball vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 7 p.m. Save Mart Center.
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Karaoke in the Pit, Bulldog trivia contest, Greek (sorority and fraternity) chariot races, 11 a.m. University Student Union and Memorial Fountain area.
Thursday, Oct. 18 – Wicked Wellness Halloween Carnival, pumpkin-carving contest, pumpkin decorating, late morning at University Student Union. Bulldog Pride Fund Scholars Reception, 3 p.m. Smittcamp Alumni House. Top Dog Alumni Awards, 5 p.m. Save Mart Center.
Friday, Oct. 19 – Salsa dancers, mariachi music, salsa recipe competition, 11 a.m. the Pit. Soccer vs. Louisiana Tech, 3 p.m. Bulldog Stadium. Pep rally, 5 p.m. Bulldog Boulevard Stage east of Bulldog Stadium. Fresno-Madera Alumni and Friends of College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and Ag-One, 4:30 p.m. (farm tour) and 5:30 p.m. (tasting) Fresno State winery.
Saturday, Oct. 20 – Fresno State Alumni Association tailgate, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bulldog Boulevard. Fresno County Wine Journey, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., several wineries (benefiting Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund). Football vs. San Jose State, 2 p.m. kickoff Bulldog Stadium.
Sunday, Oct. 21 – Fresno County Wine Journey, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at several wineries (benefiting Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund). Soccer vs. Utah State, 2 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
Updated event postings and information about the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala and Alumni Association tailgate are available at http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/CAF/
For details about the Fresno County Wine Journey, call 559.274.WINE or visit fresnowines.com.
Information about athletics tickets and schedules is available at GoBulldogs.com.