Family Weekend is All Fun and Games

The #CampusBeautiful was buzzing with activity on the first weekend of fall as hundreds of guests traveled to campus for Family Weekend, as well as EKU’s first home football game against Tennessee Tech and the unveiling of a new locker room and statue. 

Family Weekend is an annual tradition that introduces students’ families to campus life and the EKU community. The celebration brought nearly 1,000 parents and family members to Richmond, Kentucky, where they participated in a fun-filled weekend of concerts, movies, campus tours and more.

The main attraction was the Family Fun Festival and Picnic, where attendees enjoyed face painting, pumpkin decorating, games, a blow-up obstacle course and the fan-favorite bingo tournament. After the festivities, they cheered the EKU Colonels to victory against Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.

The first unveiling took place Friday night. Members of the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Championship Team returned to campus for the dedication ceremony of a new locker room in their honor. The updated locker room is part of the expansion project on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium, one of many campus revitalization projects bringing EKU’s facilities up to date.

Then on Saturday, the University unveiled a statue of College Football Hall of Fame Coach Roy Kidd, who retired from coaching the Colonels in 2002 after 39 years. Mr. Kidd attended the unveiling ceremony with his wife, Sue, and many other family members. The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels is located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at the stadium, which also bears the coach’s name.

Family Weekend is always a busy time, but EKU was glad to welcome so many guests to campus and into the #EKUFamily.

Photos in this series were taken by EKU photographer Amanda J. Cain and student photographer Carsen Bryant. 

Kids painted pumpkins at Family Weekend.
Blow-up obstacle courses were a big draw for families.
Cornhole tournaments were held at Family Weekend.
Students and parents painted pumpkins at Family Weekend.
Kids got their faces painted during the Family Weekend picnic.
Parents made snow cones at EKU's Family Weekend picnic.
The bingo tournament is a fan-favorite activity.
A student contemplates their next move on a giant chess board.
Guests eat well at the EKU Family Weekend picnic.
Guests have fun at the EKU Family Weekend Picnic
A crowd gathers to watch the game during Family Weekend.
The Colonel's enter the field at EKU's home opener.
EKU took on Texas Tech at the home opener.
A crowd gathers for the unveiling of the new locker room.
Coach Roy Kidd cheers during his statue unveiling.
Roy and Sue Kidd stand proudly with their family.

Published on September 29, 2017

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