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Brockport community bands together to celebrate homecoming

by Bridgette Babb | copy editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 02:35 pm

Green and gold could be seen in every corner as people of all ages came together to celebrate The College at Brockport’s annual homecoming. Families and strangers alike enjoyed the many different activities planned for the Family Day weekend.

The festivities started with the commencement of the annual Brockport parade. As the path went around the campus and part of the village, different groups could be seen showing their own representation of school and self expression. Culture clubs such as the Association of Latinx American Students (ALAS), showed diversity with a float inspired by Hispanic music legend, Selena.

The parade flowed right into the Family Fun Day festivities, located in lot U parallel to the football field. This way making it to the game was not a hassle when people were ready to find their seats. 

Volunteers passed out free shirts at the entrance, which is also where students could get a free ticket for the food trucks and adults could get five dollars off any purchase. 

Familiar trucks such as Lugia’s ice cream, Jimmy Z’s and Fried Dough produced lines that extended longer and longer each moment. Before the middle of the event many trucks ran out of half of their products due to the increasing demand.

Lugia’s was a welcomed sight as temperatures soared over 86 degrees, which was unusual for this time of year. Many students welcomed the heat, while others longed for a little coolness. With it being really hot, one might wonder why there was no free water available. 

“Apart from the heat, this year is a lot different,” senior Mary Fish said. “Last year it was already cold, and they had no food trucks.”

ALAS president Heidi Robles, spoke on the differences as well.

“Last year they had no food trucks, it was just the parade, then they had little workshops before the game,” Robles said. 

The fun day also included things such as a bounce house and photo booth. Other things that were new included the carousel and the rapid slide. These two rides worked for all ages and allowed many of the college students to let out their inner kid. Jesse Yawter, one of the operators of the Rapid Slide relayed that this was actually the company’s first time on the campus. 

“We are actually based out of Franklinville, New York and normally set up at carnivals and shows,” Yawter said. “This is our first time here, and out of all the other carnivals that set up in the area the people say we one of the few that they enjoy.”

 When asked if he would return to do any other events here, he replied enthusiastically, “definitely. We have a lot of inflatables and other rides we could bring, if they want us again we will be here.”

Not everyone could enjoy the festivities taking place. A bunch of students volunteered and worked the event, including the box office staff. Kalina Singleton, senior, shared her experience of the tiresome day, and how much of a hassle it was. 

“It  began to get busy around 11:30 a.m., even though the game starts at 1 p.m.,” Singleton said. “It is also very hot, and we ran out of general admin tickets mid way.”

Singleton explained that there were anywhere between 200-300 ticket purchases, not including the current student body.

The game between the Golden Eagles and St. Lawrence kicked off promptly at 1 p.m. then on Bob Boozer’s Field at The College at Brockport. Stands were filled to the brim with individuals sporting the Brockport colors and fans could be seen cheering loudly all around as the players crushed the visiting team. 

By the end of the first quarter, the Eagles had a substantial 21-0 lead. The day ended with a win, 65-12. The score was a  great way to end the day and the homecoming weekend.

 

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