Amidst the usual commotion of South Green, South Beach featured new levels of activities and oddities to help kick-start Homecoming week, circus style.
Cirque Du Ohio began at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 6) evening and included acrobatic performances, sword swallowing, fire shows, an oddities museum, palm readings and free food, among other free activities, such as a photo booth.
The event took place until 9:30 p.m., allowing students to continuously walk through the green to catch glimpses of extraordinary acts and grab free carnival snacks.
Since its inception three years ago, the circus event has largely expanded from occupying just a small portion of Baker Center to taking over South Beach.
Organized by Coordinator for Campus Programs Matt Thomson, the event was funded by the university’s Homecoming and Campus Involvement Center. The campus worked with the Cincinnati Circus Company and Mr. Marvel’s Wondertorium from Wisconsin to include special acts and exotic performers.
During the event, Thomson addressed the progress of the show. “I think it’s definitely a success.” Thomson said. “The entire middle area of the sideshow seemed pretty packed and the lines for palm readers and the food and museum seemed to be pretty long as well.”
Lauren Scheetz, a freshman special education student, was impressed with the event and excited to see what is in store in the future. “The circus was really cool and I’m glad I got to see a lot of the performers,” Scheetz said. “I’m also really excited to get involved in the rest of the homecoming week events!”
Monday officially kicked off Homecoming week with Golf Cart Giveaways, where golf carts drove around campus giving out free coffee and hot chocolate, as well as starting Pack the Pantry, which runs until today (Thursday, Oct. 8), where students can donate canned goods on the third floor of Baker Center.
Events for the rest of the week include the Yell Like Hell pep party this evening, National Coming Out Day on Friday, and the homecoming parade and football game on Saturday.
“I’m excited to see everyone excited to get into school spirit,” said Ohio University Program Council Advisor Cidnye Weimer, who is in charge of coordinating the Yell Like Hell pre-pep party. “We’re not a huge sports school, and I think a lot of times that’s what gets people excited about their school. While people love OU, I don’t think we always have a ton of school spirit, so I’m happy for homecoming week.”
The pep party begins in the Baker Student Center parking lot at 6:30 p.m. with the pre-pep party, which will have free pizza, raffle games, and candy. Immediately after the pre-pep party is the main event at 8:30 p.m.
The homecoming parade will begin Saturday at 10 a.m., leading up to the highly anticipated game between OU and long-term rival Miami University at 2 p.m.
“I’m always excited to get [the parade] going because its a lot of coordination with people, so when it all comes together it’s really fun and exciting to see,” said Assistant Director for Student Activities Brian Heilmeier, who was in charge of coordinating the homecoming parade.
Despite the route change, the parade will be one of the largest to date, with up to 95 units reserved.
As green and white floods OUr campus, Bobcats continue to build up their school spirit in anticipation of the weekend ahead.