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USFSP to celebrate homecoming all this week

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will be doing it big for the school’s upcoming week-long homecoming bash.

Homecoming Superbull XIX jumps out-the-gate this Sunday, October 4, at 5 p.m., with the university’s annual 5K, “Rocky’s Fun Run.” Faculty, students, staff and community members alike are invited. Proceeds from this year’s 5K — which will be linked-up with USFSP’s Dance Marathon — will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. The suggested donation is $10.

Also, each year, during homecoming week, the school tries to nab a new world record. This year, it’s conga. A team of 15-20 dedicated conga line dancers will complete the entire 5K — and then some — while dancing in a conga line. Their goal: to conga for 3.5 miles. The current world record for the longest distance danced in a conga line is 3.41 miles.

Festivities continue the next evening, October 5, with an alumni reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Student Center Ballroom. After that, to get everyone amped up for the week of fun, USFSP’s “Night by the Bay” will feature some music, fireworks, giveaways and activities out on the Harbor Lawn.

Things will get a bit more elegant the following evening, October 6, with the commencement of the Homecoming Ball. Everyone’s encouraged to come dressed in their finest duds. Homecoming Court, along with the King & Queen, will be announced and crowned during the event.

The next day, October 7, is the “Homecoming Regatta,” or cardboard boat races. Students build their own vessel, made from only the materials the university provides (mainly cardboard), and race them along the campus waterfront.

On October 8 is the “Bulls County Fair.” The event, which promises to be filled with music, games, prizes, and carnival foods, will take place along USFSP’s Harborwalk. Student organizations and departments will be hosting the carnival game booths.

The homecoming week magic concludes, of course, with USF’s homecoming game against Syracuse on Saturday, October 10, at Raymond James Stadium.

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Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail [email protected], or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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