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Sea of Orange Parade

Barry Sanders rides by behind the War Pigs.

After a week filled with activities and celebrations, homecoming week at Oklahoma State University has come to an end.

“America’s Greatest Homecoming” kicked off Oct. 21 with the fountain dyeing in front of Edmon Low Library and ended on Saturday night with fans storming the field of Boone Pickens Stadium after the Cowboys beat the Longhorns 38-35.

The week was filled with many activities and traditions for students, alumni and community members to take part in. From the annual Harvest Carnival on Monday to the Sea of Orange Parade on Saturday, there was no shortage of events for people to attend.

Along with the many events, there were several competitions. The winners of the house decorations, sign competition, parade and others were announced at half-time of the football game along with the 2018 homecoming king and queen. 

This year’s homecoming celebration also commemorated the 60thanniversary of OSU’s mascot, Pistol Pete. Several former Pistol Petes were honored at the football game and two of them even did push-ups after touchdowns on the ROTC’s push-up board.

In addition to Pistol Pete’s anniversary being celebrated by OSU this homecoming, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin also signed a proclamation naming Oct. 26-27 Pistol Pete Recognition Weekend.

One of the highlights of the week was 1988 Heisman winner Barry Sanders returning to Stillwater with his offensive line to be the 2018 homecoming grand marshals. Sanders and the War Pigs presented the awards at half-time.

Carlos Amvis is a freshman studying mechanical engineering. Amvis said his favorite part about homecoming week was the energy on campus.

“I like how the atmosphere is,” Amvis said. “Everything is optimistic. Everybody is just happy.”

Caitlin Knarr, a freshman chemical engineering major, said she loved the energy on campus and especially at the game. She’s looking forward to homecoming again next year.

“I’m definitely going to try to do more next year,” Knarr said. “I think this is a great thing that is at OSU and I’m glad I’m a part of it.”

The 98th annual homecoming celebration at OSU has ended, and students and alumni have enjoyed participating in one of OSU’s greatest traditions. 

“It’s definitely the greatest homecoming in America,” Knarr said.

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