From a smooth show of Miss Dixie to a winning football game, Dixie State University’s Homecoming entertained students.
Homecoming took place last week and started Oct. 21 and ended on Oct. 26.
Annmarie Arrdizone, a sophomore nursing major from Las Vegas, said the drive-in movie was the highlight for her.
Jordon Sharp, director of student involvement and leadership, said Homecoming this year went marvelously.
“Homecoming was outstanding this year and we are very pleased,” Sharp said. “The DSUSA student government and Student Alumni Association have been planning these events for months, and they were all well executed and well attended. Not including the game, we had approximately 14,000 people attend the Homecoming events.”
Sharp said entries for the parade were a big part of Homecoming because of the number of people who attended.
“The parade was my favorite because we reached almost 100 entries, had roughly 3,500-4,000 spectators, and the weather was perfect,” Sharp said.
Sharp said a problem the DSUSA encountered was limited space at the drive-in. More students showed up than expected.
“We did not anticipate the amount of people who attended the drive-in, which was a great surprise,” Sharp said. “We had a perfect set up for around 200 cars, but 400 cars showed up; however, we will be better prepared for that event next year because students and community loved it and the feedback was really good.”
Price said putting Miss Dixie a week ahead was nice because it opened a day for another event.
He also said it was a little bit of a change having the football game in the evening. Everything is usually crammed in the morning. Pushing the football game back gave everyone time to transition smoothly. Saturday events included the parade, Founder’s Day assembly, tailgate party, Homecoming game, Homecoming dance and True Rebel.
Jared Fleurant, a junior integrated studies major from Ogden, said Homecoming would have been more enjoyable with more events to attend.
Church said DSUSA kept it pretty close to old traditions. Student body participation was great, and that’s what makes the events.
“I think everything went great,” Church said. “Student body this year was so involved.”