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Bemidji State's 2022 homecoming weekend hosts line-up of events

The lighting of the homecoming hearth will kick off Bemidji State's homecoming weekend festivities at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the fireplace near the Lower Hobson Memorial Union.

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Bucky the Beaver poses for a photo with tailgaters ahead of the Bemidji State homecoming football game on Sept. 25, 2021, at Diamond Point Park.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer
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BEMIDJI — A variety of activities are planned for this year's homecoming weekend at Bemidji State University.

The lighting of the homecoming hearth will kick off the festivities at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the fireplace near the Lower Hobson Memorial Union.

Becoming a homecoming tradition in 2019, BSU student organizations and faculty will light the flame that will burn throughout Sunday and be extinguished following the Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert.

Bemidji Parks and Recreation, First City of Lights and myBemidji will host a fall fair food festival throughout the weekend from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Library Park.

Beaver soccer will face off against Minnesota State Mankato beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday at Chet Anderson Stadium, and Beaver volleyball will take on the University of Mary at 6 p.m. in the Gillett Wellness Center gymnasium.

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An honors gala will recognize BSU’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, President’s Society donors and Legacy Society members. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a program starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Sanford Center Ballroom.

The Beaver Bash Pregame Tailgate will precede Beaver football’s match-up against Winona State with tailgating beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Diamond Point Park.

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John Zender, right, watches his bean bag fly onto the board while playing with Ella Lewandowski and others ahead of the Bemidji State homecoming football game on Sept. 25, 2021, at Diamond Point Park.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

Live music, games, food vendors and a bar will be provided before the game kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Bemidji Alumni Choir will host a reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the David Park House followed by a dinner and program at Beaux Arts Ballroom in the Hobson Memorial Union. The evening will honor Christopher Fettig as the Bemidji Choir’s featured alumnus.

A Beaver Block Party and street dance will conclude Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. between Third and Fourth Street on Beltrami Avenue. Cover band Sweet Siren will perform live music with a $10 per person, cash-only cover fee.

Beaver soccer will face Concordia University, St. Paul at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Chet Anderson Stadium.

Members of the Bemidji Alumni Choir will be featured in celebration of the Bemidji Choir’s 85th anniversary at the Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. at Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. BSU’s Chamber Singers, Blue Ice Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble will also perform.

There is no homecoming parade this year.

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More information can be found at www.bsualumni.org.

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