The week leading up to Oklahoma State University’s homecoming is always full of activities on and off campus, and this year is no different.
Stillwater helps OSU celebrate “America’s Greatest Homecoming.” This year, there are several events in the city for the public to attend.
Harvest Carnival and Chili Cook-Off
The annual Harvest Carnival and Chili Cook-Off will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Payne County Expo Center.
OSU student organizations, in conjunction with the Junior Service League of Stillwater’s Harvest II Food Drive, host the Harvest Carnival. The cost to attend is one canned good per person, but people are encouraged to bring more donations if they can. There will be carnival-style games, prizes and music. At the end of the night, attendees can vote for their favorite games.
The Chili Cook-Off is a competition among student groups and community organizations. The $3 entry fee allows attendees to taste-test the different chilis and vote for their favorite.
At both events, people are encouraged to wear costumes and come ready for a good time.
Joe State Homecoming Tailgate
To celebrate homecoming, Eskimo Joe’s is holding an outdoor concert for people of all ages Friday. The gates will open at 4 p.m., and the music will start at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend.
The concert will feature musicians such as Cody Canada and the Departed, Mike McClure and The Brothers Moore. Eskimo Joe’s will sell beer, other adult drinks, Joe’s Classics and bratwursts, Joe’s chili and walking tacos.
Stillwater Strong Memorial
Four people tragically lost their lives, and many others suffered injuries after a car crashed into the OSU homecoming parade on Oct. 24, 2015. The Stillwater Strong Memorial will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Friday to honor the victims and their families. Join the Stillwater community at the corner of Hall of Fame Avenue and Main Street to honor the lives of those this tragedy affected.
Sea of Orange Parade
The annual Sea of Orange Homecoming Parade will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday along Main Street. Barry Sanders is one of the parade's grand marshals, along with the offensive linemen who blocked for him during his 1988 Heisman Trophy-winning campaign. This year, there are more than 120 entries from OSU student organizations, Greek life and members of the Stillwater community. It's free to attend, but those unable to go can watch it live on Channel 16 or online at OState TV.
OSU’s homecoming week is filled with activities and fun for all ages. Make sure to check out some of the different events in Stillwater.