Tarleton Campuses Ready to Celebrate Texan Spirit Week


STEPHENVILLE — Texan Spirit Week is getting closer and even more events have been added.

The four-day celebration, a reimagining of the annual Homecoming festivities, begins Sunday, Oct. 11, with the 7:30 p.m. Lighting of the Smokestack and announcement of the spring 2021 Homecoming Court. The king and queen will be crowned during spring Homecoming activities.

Spirit Week events are scheduled on Tarleton campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco and Midlothian.

The yearly Silver Bugle Hunt, a university-wide scavenger hunt that dates to the 1940s, is Monday, followed Tuesday by the Launching of the Ducks and the Purple Out Picnic. Wednesday events are highlighted by Midnight S’mores hosted by Tarleton President James and First Lady Kindall Hurley at the Trogdon House in Stephenville.

Fort Worth will host its own Purple Out Picnic, and Purple-Palooza Gear Giveaways are all slated for Monday, Oct. 12, in Waco and Midlothian.

The Yell Contest, Snake Dance, Beating of the Drum, Yell Bingo, Purple Pancakes, L.V. Risinger Bonfire and the J. Dixon White Homecoming Golf Tournament will take place in the spring, with dates to be determined.

Texan Spirit Week events:

Sunday, Oct. 11
• 7:30 p.m. – Ignite the Night Lighting of the Smokestack/Announcing the Court, Stephenville

Monday, Oct. 12
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Purple-Palooza Gear Giveaway, Tarleton-Waco, Michaelis Academic Center
• Noon-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. – Launching of the Ducks, Tarleton-Fort Worth
• 2-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. – Purple-Palooza Gear Giveaway, Tarleton-Midlothian
• 6:30 p.m. – Silver Bugle Hunt, Stephenville, Trogdon House

Tuesday, Oct. 13
• Noon-1 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Purple Out Picnic/Launching of the Ducks, Tarleton-Fort Worth
• 5:30 p.m. – Launching of the Ducks, Stephenville, Nursing Building
• 6 p.m. – Purple Out Picnic/Meet the Court, Stephenville, Dining Hall patio

Wednesday, Oct. 14
• Noon-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. – Launching of the Ducks, Tarleton-Fort Worth
• 10 p.m. – Midnight S’mores, Stephenville, Trogdon House lawn

Thursday, Oct. 15
• Noon-1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. – Launching of the Ducks, Tarleton-Fort Worth

Visit www.tarleton.edu/spiritweek/ for the latest Texan Spirit Week information.


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