Homecoming: more than a football game

For a university town like Sackville, homecoming is one of the biggest events of the year—every year. Students tend to forget that it is about so much more than just football and drinking (from sunrise to sunset, for some). Homecoming shows students, residents and visitors the value of a small-town community because it includes both the university and the town, while accommodating visitors.

Homecoming is an event for everyone, from first-year Mounties to returning graduates, locals to visitors, young kids to football parents, and partiers to introverts. The entire town of Sackville comes together, creating a stronger sense of both Mountie and community pride.

First-year student Azeem Munawar said the weekend is about bringing the whole school together and “a lot of yelling, screaming [and] cheering.”

This year’s homecoming events will showcase a wide variety of activities.

Sports such as rugby, soccer and football will be played throughout the weekend.

Sackville’s renowned Farmers’ Market, where you can pick up some tasty snacks for the game, will be as active and popular as ever.

A performing arts series at Brunton Hall tomorrow evening will present iTromboni, “one of Canada’s foremost brass ensembles,” which is sure to be a hit. The Owen’s Art Gallery will announce the installation of the mural Athletes by Mt. A alum Alex Colville.

Grab a bite to eat at Joe and the Crow. Enjoy a delicious milkshake from Mel’s. If you’re feeling some extra school pride, pick up some fan-wear at the bookstore. Say “hi” to Amanda, an employee at the Cackling Goose Market, and try a “gingerbread running back cookie” to support our Mounties.

Mt. A’s women’s and men’s soccer teams will take on UPEI Friday night under the lights of Alumni Field, in what could be a victorious match for both teams.

While Alumni Field will host soccer, Park Street field will see the women’s rugby team look to continue their strong start to the season against DAL-AC.

Saturday will bring Acadia’s football team to town. The Mounties will attempt to reclaim their homecoming after losing last year to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or.

This weekend, Sackville will be bustling with the annual homecoming celebrations. Things will come to a standstill and streets will empty on game day, when everyone will gather at Alumni Field not only to cheer on their Mounties, but to celebrate their community as well.

Everyone in town can get involved. Just like you, I’ll be taking advantage of what Sackville has to offer. Take the time to introduce yourself to the person next to you and learn what has brought them to this special community.

So come on out, have a beer, grab some garlic fingers from Jack’s, and enjoy.

Jeff Mann/Argosy
Jeff Mann/Argosy

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  1. masarap nga ang tuyo pero hindi ko kaya ang maahgnang. Sayang nga lang at hindi type ni honeyko ang tuyo pero type nya ang spicyito ang aking happy thursday!

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