Homecoming parade to end with new concert

Lindsay Kriz

At the end of this year’s Homecoming parade, WKU students and members of the Bowling Green community can keep the celebration going at the Homecoming Concert in the Park.

The concert, sponsored by Citizens First Bank, will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 29) and will include music from Heath Eric and the Rumsey Revival.

There will also be inflatable games and a pep rally with Head Football Coach Willie Taggart as a speaker.

Eric, an alumnus of WKU, said other alumni approached him with the offer to play during Homecoming week, and he accepted.

“I didn’t hesitate,” he said. “I love anything that has to do with WKU and Big Red. He’s danced at our shows before.”

Eric said the band will play original music and music with a “twist” on obscure and well-known songs.

Eric and the band will have CDs available for fans after the show.

This is the first year that the parade has ended in Fountain Square Park, said Ginny Hensley, director of alumni programming for the WKU Alumni Association.

“Involving the community in this way is new,” she said. “We heard that folks go downtown after the parade, and we used that.”

Joe Morel, president of the WKU Warren County Alumni Chapter, is responsible for helping to invite local organizations to participate in Homecoming events.

According to Morel, organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and United Way have participated in past years and have been invited to participate this year.

Local political figures and various radio and TV stations have also been invited to march in the parade, Morel said.

Hensley said all businesses located at Fountain Square Park are keeping their doors open for the event and are celebrating by decorating their windows with WKU-related items.

The stores are also offering discounts, Hensley said.

“This is not just campus,” she said.  “The community can also celebrate the WKU spirit.”