TTU Homecoming on Nov. 5 takes visitors to the Wild West

Tennessee Tech University is going wild for Homecoming this year — “Wild West,” that is.

That’s the theme of TTU’s Homecoming 2005, and the highlight of this year’s planned activities will be the Honky-Tonk Tailgate Party concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Featuring chart topping country music artists Daryle Singletary, Chad Brock, Jeff Carson and Rhett Akins, the concert is sponsored in part by 94.7 The Country Giant and IWC Cash and Carry, and proceeds will benefit TTU athletics.

“The good times aren’t just reserved for TTU students and alumni, though. Community members and their families are welcome to join in the activities too,” said TTU Alumni Relations Director Tracey Duncan.

Ticket costs for the concert range from $25 on the floor to $15 in the “bowl” reserved seating, and $10 for top-level seating. They are available online from TTUsports.com or by calling the TTU ticket office at 372-3941 or 800-825-3948.

The Homecoming parade at 10:30 Saturday morning starts at the end of South Dixie Avenue and will lead the crowd to the Regions Bank Tailgate Park between the stadium and Hooper Eblen Center next to the tennis courts.

“Tent City” there will feature participating academic departments and campus organizations, plus kids’ activities. The cost – which includes lunch and a football ticket — is payable onsite and is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12, and free for children age 2 and under.

Kickoff for TTU’s Homecoming football game against Samford University is at 1:30 p.m.

Jumpstarting the university’s Homecoming Day at 9:30 a.m. is the alumni hospitality breakfast, which will be served free to all TTU alumni in the Roaden University Center’s Multipurpose Room lobby.

Several events are set for Friday, Nov. 4, including the Alumni Awards Reception and Ceremony at 4 p.m. in the RUC’s Tech Pride Room and a pep rally in the Memorial Gym, also at 4 p.m.

The Athletic Reunion and Hall of Fame Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Multipurpose Room. Tickets for the event — which is open to all TTU faculty, staff, fans, alumni and former coaches — are $20 each, and reservations can be made by calling 931/372-3940.

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