It’s that time of year again – the time when campus is packed with students, families, alumni and community members enjoying the festivities of Homecoming-Family Weekend.
The Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Black Box Theatre production and Spidey Mentalist magician kicked off the weekend on Friday.
Parents started arriving for festivities, but many just waited the anticipation of Saturday’s events and football game.
Saturday morning saw carloads of people filling the lots all over campus for a day of friends, family, beer and football.
“My son is on the soccer team, but we’re also here to see Jay Morgan, Tyler Combs and D.J. Keough on the football team,” said Roger Dandurand with beer in hand.
People flooded Spartan Stadium, inside and out.
The smell of Roxie’s fries filled the air and the cheering of the crowds echoed off the surrounding buildings. Alumni sat around neatly manicured tables under the pavilion while the Chili Cook-off went on around them.
“We came here for the chili cook-off because the college invited us,” said Lehavah Kramer of Rutland’s Yellow Deli. “We aren’t so much interested in winning, just wanted people to know about our restaurant.”
Different clubs had booths set up in front of the stadium. A dunk tank sat at the far end of the parking lot and cow plop bingo was all set to go, just waiting on the cow.
People had many different reasons for making their way to Castleton this weekend.
“My nephew plays on the football team,” said Donna McGlame, adding that she came a few days earlier from Boston.
Robert Devost, father of senior Erin Devost, said he came down from near Burlington to see her.
On Sunday morning, people gathered next to Glenbrook bright and early to participate in the 5k Color Run in support of Caitlin Ryan, a cross-country team member with cystic fibrosis.
The event consisted of a run through the cross country trails where students were blasted with colors at different check points.
After wandering into the woods in clean white t-shirts, students came out covered in shades of blue, purple, green and pink.
Participation spiked due to the run not being a competitive race.
“It was better than the color vibe run. There was so much color and with it being non-competitive it is more fun with friends,” Ashley Breen said.