HAYS, KS -- Spirits are high, adrenaline is surging and Tigers are on the prowl -- Fort Hays State University is hunting for floats and walking entries to help make this year's Homecoming parade another "roaring" success.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Involvement in the parade allows organizations and groups to be recognized by the public as well as by other members of the university community. As an extra incentive, numerous cash prizes will be awarded for both floats and walking entries.
This year there are five awards available for float entries. The first award offered is the Sweepstakes Award, $250 and a plaque. The President's Award and the Founder's Award will be given to a student organization or department, or any other organization affiliated with FHSU. The prizes are $200 and a plaque for the President's Award and $100 and a plaque for the Founder's Award. The Chamber of Commerce Award is given to entries from the business community. This award is valued at $100 and a plaque. The final award for floats is for non-profit organizations. The Heritage Award is designated for organizations not affiliated with FHSU, such as the scouting groups or civic organizations. This award carries a $100 prize and a plaque.
In addition to the float awards, two awards are given for walking entries. The Tiger Spirit Award is valued at $75 and the Homecoming Pride Award is valued at $50.
To be eligible, walking entries must consist of at least 15 people and they must be constantly moving. They are not allowed to stop and perform a skit.
All entries will be judged before the parade begins. During the parade the winners will be announced and members of Mortar Board will precede winning entries with banners announcing the awards.
I.B. Dent will serve as the grand marshal for this year's parade. Dent has recently retired after serving 16 years as the coordinator of special events at FHSU.
Entry forms for the parade may be obtained from the University Activities Board office in the lower level of Memorial Union.
For additional information, or to volunteer the use of a convertible, contact Carol Brock, coordinator of student activities, at 628-5801 or Mindy Lies at 628-5355. Entries must be received in the University Activities Board office by Friday, Sept. 22.