Alumni, current students, family and friends of 'Big E' gathered in-person to celebrate EKU Homecoming this weekend.

Festivities kicked off on Thursday evening with the Colonel Corn Roast in Powell Plaza. Friday, a tailgate and cookout at the courthouse took place welcoming fans and residents of Richmond to join in on the celebration.

Judge Reagan Taylor and Clerk Kenny Barger were grilling food for visitors, while the EKU basketball team shot basketballs in a goal in the first-street parking lot. This all lead up to the beginning of the EKU Homecoming Parade which marched down Lancaster Avenue and Main Street lead by police and fire escorts.

Floats included those from fraternities, student group organizations, sororities, city fire and police, and more.

On Saturday, outside of Roy Kidd Stadium, maroon tents and flags demonstrated the 'Eternal Colonels.' Old and young attendants could be seen playing cornhole, beer pong, or grilling out before the homecoming game against Tarleton State.

The Colonels faced off at 3 p.m. against Tarleton, whom they defeated 20-3

EKU was the first team since 2016 to hold Tarleton to at least 10 points scored in 59 consecutive games.

“We are really proud of our football team and how we had to grind out a win,” head coach Walt Wells said.

During halftime, the homecoming king and queen, SGA President Jenna Grace Smith and SGA Vice President, Ken Nguyen, were crowned.

The Colonels improved to 3-2 on the season and will return to Roy Kidd next Saturday against Abilene Christian. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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