COLUMBIA — This weekend's events will mark the climax of MU’s annual homecoming.
This years festivities are themed “Tradition Set in Stone," representing a fusion of traditions old and new. Missouri began the homecoming tradition in 1911.
To make those traditions even more exciting, ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from MU from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The traditional homecoming festivities have already begun for many members of the Columbia community, with over 35,000 meals collected for the Central Missouri Food Bank and over 4,000 units of blood donated at the 25th annual Homecoming Blood Drive.
The fun isn't over there, though. Check out these other weekend events:
FRIDAY, OCT. 22
MU Student Center Dedication
3 p.m., Rollins Road
Chancellor Brady Deaton will speak at the event.
Mort Walker Book Signing
5 to 6 p.m., Rollins Road
The creator of the Beetle Bailey cartoons, also an MU alumnus, will do a book signing after the Student Center is dedicated.
Greek Town Campus Decorations
6 to 10 p.m., Greek Town
Fraternity and sorority houses will unveil their board-game-themed decorations for the Columbia community.
SATURDAY, OCT. 23
ESPN College Game Day
8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Francis Quadrangle at MU
For the first time, ESPN will do a three-hour game day broadcast live from MU. The public is invited to this free event, which will include cheerleaders, Golden Girls and Marching Mizzou.
Annual Homecoming Parade
Begins at noon, Francis Quadrangle at MU
The parade will start at the corner of Rollins Street and Tiger Avenue and finish at the corner of Sixth and Elm streets. Missouri alumnus, anchor of CBS Evening News Sunday Edition and CBS National News Correspondent Russ Mitchell will be the 2010 Grand Marshall.
Dedication of Official MU Cornerstone
5 p.m., Jesse Hall
The original cornerstone of Academic Hall has rested on the corner of Eighth and Elm streets since the hall burned down in 1982. The cornerstone will be placed in the foyer of Jesse Hall in a display case designed by MU architectural students.
MU vs. Oklahoma Homecoming Game
The No. 11-ranked Tigers take on the No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the football game.