Josh Till


AUBURN -- Auburn University will celebrate homecoming week with concerts, comedy acts, cookouts and cake races, but the big event will be the Oct. 21 home football game with Louisiana Tech.

The events begin on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with the Miss Glomerata pageant at 7 p.m. in the Foy Union Ballroom.

On Wednesday, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society will sponsor its annual cake race at 3 p.m., a homecoming tradition started by former Auburn track coach Wilbur Hutsell in which participants who finish the 3.2-mile course receive homemade cakes.

The AU Program Council will sponsor Tigermania, a week of entertainment including free movies and a comedy concert and highlighted by a free concert featuring the popular rock band Sister Hazel. The concert will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Bibb Graves Amphitheater.

On Friday and Saturday, the AU Alumni Association will host a reunion for the classes of 1951-59, featuring a Friday night Decade Dinner with AU President William V. Muse and James Samford, president pro tem of the AU Board of Trustees. The dinner will be followed by a dance featuring music by the Auburn Knights.

On Saturday, the AU Office of University Relations and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will sponsor "Media Day." Activities will include the annual Alabama Press Association Newspaper Hall of Honor induction ceremony at 10 p.m., at the Draughon Library

Rick Lockridge, CNN's technology correspondent, will speak to Alabama broadcasters at 9:30 a.m., at Foy Student Union, Room 213.

In addition, the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Alabama Pork Producers will co-sponsor a barbecue lunch on the library lawn for print and broadcast media guests.

Several of AU's colleges and schools will honor alumni, friends and parents with gameday gatherings, including the College of Agriculture's annual Ag Roundup, barbecues by the College of Engineering and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and a cocktail reception by the College of Education.

The College of Science and Mathematics will be featured at the Alumni Association tent adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The homecoming football game kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Halftime ceremonies will include the crowning of AU's Miss Homecoming for 2000. Students vote Thursday, Oct. 19, from among five candidates -- seniors Lauren Allison of Jackson, Miss.; April Barker of Piedmont; Bridget Carraway of Moulton; Ruth Ann Hargett of LaGrange, Ga.; and Stacy Stanford of Millbrook.

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