Dixie State to celebrate Homecoming week in Paradise City

In celebration of Dixie State University’s 2017 Homecoming week, the iconic “D” on Black Hill will glow red each evening Oct. 22-28 to signify that the festivities are underway in Paradise City. Inspired by the popular Guns N’ Roses hit, the Homecoming theme, Paradise City, invites students, alumni and the community to visit the Dixie State campus to celebrate DSU’s one-of-a-kind setting in southern Utah and take part in Homecoming week’s timeless traditions. “Homecoming week is the perfect opportunity for Dixie alumni and Trailblazer fans to visit Dixie State University and witness for themselves the growth that this beautiful campus has experienced over the years,” John Bowler, director of alumni relations at Dixie State, said. “Homecoming activities are great for making memories and we are excited to welcome the entire community to participate in the fun.” The week kicks off with the Classic Car Show & All-American Dinner provided for free by the DSU Alumni Association. Open to the entire community, the event is set to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Wade Alumni House, located across University Avenue from Legend Solar Stadium. The next evening, watch Miss Dixie State University be crowned during the annual pageant at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center. General admission tickets are $10 and available at the door. Showcasing services that support mental and physical health throughout Washington County, the active learning. active life. Wellness Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, on the DSU Diagonal. Immediately following the fair, the Human Performance Center groundbreaking ceremony and open house will take place and usher in the future of Dixie State allied health programs. The ceremony will be held at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the center’s build site, the former Student Activities Center parking lot. That evening, “Lilo & Stitch” will be played on two giant screens overlooking St. George during the popular Dixie Flix Drive-In Movie. DSU is partnering with Dixie Applied Technology College to host the event at the Ridge Top Complex, 620 S. Airport Road. Gates open at 7 p.m. and admission is free and local food trucks will be available for attendees to purchase dinner. The original Harlem Globetrotters will keep the excitement of Homecoming alive when they play at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 26, in the Burns Arena. Tickets are $40 for general admission. The Dixie Spirit will be alive and well at the Homecoming Assembly, a high-energy talent show, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Eccles Fine Arts Concert Hall. Across campus, Dr. Andrew Barnum, who was a professor and administrator at Dixie College from 1959 to 1995 and currently serves as curator of DSU’s Museum of Natural Science, will be honored with a statue unveiling at 11:30 a.m. in the Science Building. Later that night, the Alumni Banquet will combine with the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to celebrate some of Dixie’s outstanding supporters. Brent E. Snow and Dr. Robert W. Prince will be awarded with Distinguished Alumni Recognitions and brothers Willard and Arvel Milne will posthumously be inducted into Dixie State’s Hall of Fame. The festivities will take place in the Gardner Center Ballroom at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27. Tickets are $17.50 per person and available at alumni.dixie.edu/banquet. Even later at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 27, night owls can show their Trailblazer spirit at the Midnight 5K, held on the recently renovated Legend Solar Stadium track. Participation is $15 for students and alumni and $20 for community members; registration is available at dixie.edu/midnight5k. Homecoming week wraps up with a full schedule of events on Saturday, Oct. 28. The annual Homecoming Parade starts the day at 10 a.m. with more than 100 entrants marching along Tabernacle Street, from 700 East to Main Street. Immediately after the parade, a free lunch will be served at the Trailblazer Tailgate, held at the Wade Alumni House until 12:30 p.m. Then, cross the street to Legend Solar Stadium to cheer on the Trailblazer football team as they take on Adams State at 1 p.m. Tickets to the game are $7 for general seating, $10 for reserved seating and free for children 12 and younger. “Homecoming week is going to be filled with fun, traditional events that highlight the Dixie Spirit that Dixie State University is known for,” Bowler said. “You won’t want to miss the opportunity to spend a week in Paradise City.” For a complete schedule of all Homecoming week activities and events, visit dixie.edu/homecoming.