If you like parades and football games, then you’re in luck—this week’s full of them.
Valley City High School and Valley City State University both celebrate homecoming this week. Both schools will host a variety of activities for their students, and the week will end with parades, football and dances.
Monday, VCSU students will meet their homecoming court at 8 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium. Following, self-trained hypnotist Chris Jones will entertain students with his unique act.
VCSU student and homecoming coordinator Jenna Wright, said Jones resembles Canadian recording artist Drake and incorporates that into his act.
“He’s very fun, he brings a new variety into his act,” Wright, who has seen him perform, said.
Tuesday’s events include a pie eating contest at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria in the Student Center and a Mr. “All American” VCSU contest from 7-8 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium.
The Mr. VCSU competition has been a common homecoming tradition at the university, except for last year when the event wasn’t held. This year, it’s back in a whole new way.
Previous competitions resembled a drag show. This year’s show is set up like a beauty pageant.
“This year, we wanted to bring it back, but we wanted to bring it back in like a format of what like a Miss USA pageant would be like,” Kari Stricklin, director of student center and student activities, said. “But it’s on the male side, so the males are not going to dress up like women.”
“So it’s classier,” Wright added.
The event, hosted by the resident assistants, features a talent round, a question round, a formal wear round and a round where competitors dress in their best interpretation of America.
Also on Tuesday, students will dress in costumes for a theme bowling night held at 9:30 at Sky Lanes. Students with the top three best scores and costumes will receive prizes.
Wednesday’s big event is the Johnny Holm Band dance, which is open to VCSU students and the public. The dance will be held at the Eagle’s Aerie from 9:30 p.m. to 12:45 a.m., and the cost is $10 for non-VCSU students.
Students can buy tickets for $3 in advance at the Student Center, or pay $5 at the door, with their Viking Card and homecoming button.
The Johnny Holm Band is a Midwest-based band that covers popular songs from country to hip-hop and everything in between. Johnny Holm is the leader and frontman who shares the stage with his daughter Jordan Holm and other musicians.
Thursday morning begins with a speaker, Rishi Seth, who will talk to students about the effects of binge drinking. The speech will be held at 11 at Vangstad Auditorium.
Thursday evening, students will meet their homecoming queen and king at coronation at 7:30 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium.
In previous years, VCSU had held homecoming coronation on the Monday of homecoming week, but they decided to hold it Thursday this year so that Monday would give students a chance to meet the royalty.
Another exciting event for Thursday is a show by balloon comedian John Cassidy.
Cassidy is a unique performer from Philadelphia who, according to his website, does comedy, magic and really weird things with balloons. He has performed across the United States, even performing for First Lady Michelle Obama during her attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the most people doing jumping jacks in 24 hours. Cassidy holds several world records himself, in balloon sculpting.
Homecoming coordinators say his act should draw a crowd.
“He involves the audience and brings people up on stage and gets them involved in his act,” Stricklin said.
Friday, students can participate in a game that replicates game show Cash Cab, where homecoming staff will drive around campus, taking people to and from buildings, all while asking them trivia about campus.
“If they get the question right, they get Smarties. If they get it wrong, they get Dum-Dums,” VCSU student and homecoming coordinator Erin Edinger said.
The parade will be at 11 a.m. on Central Avenue, and the night will end with a dance at the Valley City Country Club at 9.
All student activities for VCSU students are accessible with homecoming buttons, which go on sale Monday for $2.
VCHS starts off their week with a powderpuff football game, an annual mild game of football between junior and senior girls, at 8 p.m. on Monday at Hanna Field.
This year’s spirit days, where students are encouraged to dress in themes, are: Monday, hero/fairtytale; Tuesday, twin; Wednesday, redneck; Thursday, throwback; and Friday, blue and white (the school’s colors).
The week will end with a pep rally and a 4 p.m. parade on Friday. A dance will be held Saturday night.