UF Homecoming & Gator Growl
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Gainesville, FL 32611-8505
University of Florida Homecoming Pageant
GAINESVILLE, FL, October 5, 2016 – The University of Florida Homecoming and Gator Growl Homecoming Pageant is on Oct. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
As one of the longest-standing traditions at UF, the Homecoming Pageant showcases the school’s incredible students. Each year, the pageant contestants compete to be crowned homecoming king and queen, which will be announced at Gator Growl on Oct. 14.
The pageant celebrates those who have contributed to their fellow students, organizations and the UF community. This year’s pageant promises to be an entertaining production featuring some of the most outstanding men and women on campus. This year, the pageant will have special awards, such as Mr. and Miss Congeniality and Mr. and Miss Crowd Favorite.
“Homecoming Pageant is a great event that showcases the intelligence, leadership and accomplishments of the University of Florida student body,” said Robert Felder, homecoming general chairman of UF Homecoming and Gator Growl. “This is an event that UF students look forward to participating in and watching every year.”
Tickets for the pageant are $12 now through Oct. 6 and $15 on Oct. 7-8. Pageant tickets can be purchased through the UF Performing Arts website by searching for the “Homecoming Pageant 2016” event.
For more information on the Homecoming Pageant, please visit www.gatorgrowl.org, follow the University of Florida Homecoming Pageant Facebook page or contact Director of Pageant Michelle Harris at Michelle.Harris@gatorgrowl.org.
University of Florida Homecoming & Gator Growl Soulfest
GAINESVILLE, FL, October 5, 2016 – Soulfest, a multicultural and talent event, is on Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Soulfest is the largest multicultural extravaganza and talent showcase during homecoming week. Admission to this event is free. This year’s Soulfest theme is “Dawn of a Revolution.” The talent winner will have the opportunity to perform at Gator Growl on Oct. 14.
Soulfest, a 17-year tradition, is a night filled with various forms of art, tabling and cuisines that exemplify different cultures and ethnic backgrounds of the Gator Nation and Gainesville community. Food will be served and a cultural art museum will be set up from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The talent show will be from 7 to 10 p.m.
“Soulfest is a live multicultural extravaganza that showcases various forms of expression and art from UF students and the Gainesville community,” said Hayat Kemal, UF Homecoming & Gator Growl director of Soulfest. “Admission and the cultural foods provided at the event are free!”
For more information, please visit www.gatorgrowl.org or contact Director of Soulfest Hayat Kemal at Hayat.Kemal@gatorgrowl.org. Follow Soulfest on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (@ufhcsoulfest).
University of Florida SunTrust Gator Gallop
GAINESVILLE, FL, October 5, 2016 – University of Florida Homecoming and Gator Growl SunTrust Gator Gallop is on Oct. 14 and will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium.
Gator Gallop is a family friendly two-mile run for people of all athletic abilities. The run takes place on the University of Florida campus, starting at the James G. Pressly Stadium and ending in the Plaza of the Americas where the Homecoming Festival will be taking place.
“There is no better way to kick off homecoming weekend than with a fun run with Gators of all ages,” said Robert Felder, homecoming general chairman. “It is
a great way to get some exercise and celebrate homecoming with the University of Florida community.”
Pre-registration is $15, and day-of-race registration will cost $20. Registration includes a bib number and a SunTrust Gator Gallop T-shirt. Visit the ‘Events’ page on the Gator Growl website to register for the race.
For more information, please visit www.gatorgrowl.org or contact Director of Gator Gallop Rachel Roth at Rachel.Roth@gatorgrowl.org.
University of Florida Homecoming Festival
GAINESVILLE, FL, October 5, 2016 – Homecoming Festival will take place in Plaza of the Americas on Oct. 14 at noon.
The festival is a family-friendly event to celebrate homecoming week at the University of Florida. The event will have a DJ, bounce house, lawn games and much more. Vendors will be handing out freebies, and local restaurants will provide food. This event is free and open to the public.
“Homecoming Festival is a lively event that allows the Gainesville community to celebrate homecoming week on University of Florida campus,” said Robert Felder, homecoming general chairman.
UF students, alumni and families in the Gainesville community are invited to celebrate homecoming week at the Homecoming Festival. Head to University Ave. after the festival to watch the homecoming parade.
For more information, please visit www.gatorgrowl.org or contact Director of Festival Natalie Barakat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Florida 93rd Annual Homecoming Parade
GAINESVILLE, FL, October 5, 2016 – University of Florida Homecoming and Gator Growl will be hosting the 93rd annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. on University Ave.
For almost a century, hundreds of organizations, both UF and local, have gathered on University Ave. during homecoming week to celebrate the Gator Nation. Steve Spurrier, ambassador and consultant for the Gators’ athletic department and former UF head football coach, will be leading the parade as the grand marshall.
This year’s parade will feature over 150 floats and stretch down University Ave. to Main St. in the downtown area. This allows spectators of all ages to enjoy the parade from a variety of locations.
“The energy and excitement of the Homecoming Parade is something that you never forget,” said Robert Felder, Homecoming General Chairman. “It is a great event for students, alumni and families in the Gainesville community.”
Although the parade starts at noon, we recommend arriving early to get a spectacular view of the parade. University Ave. will be temporarily closed in the afternoon on Oct. 14 for the parade.
For more information regarding UF Homecoming Parade, visit www.gatorgrowl.org or contact Matt Kessler at email@example.com.
About UF Homecoming & Gator Growl
University of Florida Homecoming & Gator Growl is a week of events including the homecoming pageant, Soulfest, SunTrust Gator Gallop, festival, parade, Gator Growl and alumni BBQ. Homecoming week honors Gator tradition and fosters community. Gator Growl is the largest student-run pep rally in the nation and the highlight of homecoming at the University of Florida. The event has been reinvented into a music festival located at Flavet field that includes performances by UF organizations and musical acts. For more information, visit www.gatorgrowl.org.
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