UNC Homecoming Event to Offer Family-Friendly Activities

Community Fest to Showcase Learning in a Fun Environment

Learn how to create fun childhood items from chemistry students, test different musical instruments from the performing arts, and create crayon imprints of leaves all in a family-friendly setting during the University of Northern Colorado's first annual Community Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Nearly 50 hands-on learning activities and interactive demonstrations will be presented by academic departments, students, and local businesses and organizations near Michener Library, south of 14th Avenue and 20th Street.

The event, from 10 a.m. up until kickoff of the Bears' Homecoming football game against Montana, is open to the public free of charge. Free parking will be available in lots west of Michener.

Community Fest also will feature live performances, music, giveaways and children's activities with inflatable games, face painting and balloon artists. Food will be available to purchase from UNC's award-winning Dining Services.

"This is the university's marquee community event, with something for everyone, to showcase learning and connect the university with its neighbors through education," said Chuck Leonhardt, vice president of University Relations.

Community Fest is part of UNC's Homecoming Weekend. The weekend kicks off Friday, Oct. 5, with the Class of 1962's 50-year reunion at 9 a.m., followed by the Honored Alumni Awards at 6:30 p.m. at the University Center and a pep rally, bonfire and fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. at Bishop-Lehr Field, south of the intersection of 13th Avenue and 20th Street.

Saturday's events include the Homecoming Parade at 9 a.m. near Frasier Hall, intersection of 10th Avenue and 18th Street. The Bears' football team will face Montana at 1:35 p.m. at Nottingham Field. Tickets can be purchased at www.unco.edu/tickets.

For the full Homecoming schedule, visit www.unco.edu/homecoming.