Coker College and Hartsville Collaborate on First-Ever Homecoming Parade
For the first time ever, Coker College and the City of Hartsville have teamed up to put together a public parade as a part of Coker’s annual Homecoming celebration. The parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The parade, which is free and open to the public, will begin on Coker’s campus in front of the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Library-Information Technology Center. It will continue through several blocks of downtown Hartsville and end back on Coker’s campus. Participants will include several groups from Coker College, as well as businesses and organizations throughout Hartsville.
“Celebrating Coker College’s tradition in a way that is visible to the community demonstrates the collaborative and invested efforts of the city and Coker,” said Jessica Cohen, tourism and special events director for the City of Hartsville and a 2013 Coker College graduate. “As an alum and an employee of the city, I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding situation.”
Also for the first time this year, Coker’s Homecoming celebrations coincide with another longstanding campus tradition, the Coker Olympics of Winter (also known as C.O.W. Days). C.O.W. Days is a week-long event that is held annually at the beginning of February and includes activities such as a lip sync contest, the Miss Cow Pageant and the Coker Hunk Contest. It ends with the C.O.W. Days games on Saturday, where each class competes in Coker’s version of Olympic events (including a hot wing eating contest, tug of war and more) in hopes of earning the title of C.O.W. Days champions. This year marks the 40th C.O.W. Days.
Beginning on Monday, Feb. 1, several “HomeCOWming” events, contests and games for students will be held throughout the week. Traditional Homecoming events for both students and alumni (such as basketball games, alumni awards and Homecoming Court) will continue throughout the weekend. Saturday, Feb. 6, will include both the C.O.W. Days games, the Homecoming basketball games and now, the downtown parade.
“We're thrilled to be honoring the 40th year of C.O.W. Days and its combination with Homecoming in such a big way,” said Caroline Carter, director of student activities and leadership at Coker College. “The parade is just one example of the amazing collaboration that's happening right now between Coker, the City of Hartsville, and our local business partners. We all have energetic, creative people at the table and everyone's willing to say yes to new, ambitious ideas like the parade.”
Float applications for the parade are open to the public at $30 per entry, due February 3. Applications are available to download at the following link: pdfsr.com/pdf/homecowming-parade-entry-application.pdf.
Release written by Director of Institutional Identity Laura Hoxworth.