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By Selena Stevens


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Several new events include the CATribbean Cookout and Beach Volleyball Tournament.

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Oct. 3, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky students and alumni will be “Kickin’ It in the CATribbean” during this year’s Homecoming 2001 celebration.

Homecoming Week, Oct. 7-13, will feature several new events, including the CATribbean Cookout and Beach Volleyball Tournament, as well as the traditional pep rally and parade.

Upcoming events for the week are:

Thursday, Oct. 11 -- Beach Volleyball Tournament

The volleyball tournament will begin at 4 p.m. at Haggin Field. There will be a hotdog roast and refreshments. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team

Thursday, Oct. 11 -- Concert

Celtic/fusion/alternative rock band Bad Haggis, most famous for bagpiper Eric Rigler who is widely considered the best piper in the world, and perennial college rock favorite the Pat McGee Band will give a free concert at 7 p.m. on Stohl Field, In celebration of Homecoming, Rigler will give a special rendition of the UK fight song!

Friday, Oct. 12 -- Parade and Pep Rally

The Alumni Association will host a Parade Watch Patio Party at 6:30 p.m. at the King Alumni House, at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The entire family is invited with free food and refreshments available.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 7 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium and ends at the Pep Rally in Stoll Field beside the Student Center.

Saturday, Oct. 13 -- The Game

The Alumni Association will host the Pre-Game Alumni Tent Party, next to the E.S. Good Barn near Commonwealth Stadium, beginning two hours before kickoff of the game. Reservations are recommended for the meal, which costs $10 per person. Call Melanie Medley at 257-7161.

Homecoming week culminates as the UK Wildcats play the Louisiana State University Tigers Saturday evening.

Kids Go CATribbean

To involve the local community more in Homecoming Week, the fifth-grade classes from several Lexington elementary schools have been invited to create a banner to be displayed on campus during the week. The banners will promote UK school spirit and use this year's theme "Kickin' it in the CATribbean." The winning fifth-grade class will be invited to walk in UK's Homecoming Parade.

Paint the Town Blue

This event is UK's newest tradition. Last year, student organizations partnered with local businesses and painted the windows along Limestone Street and Euclid Avenue to showcase school spirit and liven the local atmosphere during Homecoming Week. Paint the Town Blue was considered a success last year and is expected to be so this year as it expands to include several buildings on campus.

Homecoming is presented annually by the UK Student Activities Board.

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