Tarleton Homecoming 2012 comes to a close

2012 Homecoming Queen

Tarleton State University


Monday, October 22, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The beating of the drum has ceased and the purple pancakes have all been eaten. The eight-day whirlwind known as Tarleton Homecoming Week ended Sunday and the main campus is returning to normal.

Along with the time-honored traditions such as Midnight Breakfast, the L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire and Purple Out Picnic, the week is also sprinkled with some friendly competitions. Here is a list of the year’s winners:

Silver Bugle Hunt

Yell Contest
Large Division Champion—Phi Mu Sorority
Small Division Champion—Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

Homecoming King
Deriek Iglesias

Homecoming Queen
Sara Rader

Homecoming Parade
Sweepstakes Award—Sigma Chi Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Sorority
Oscar P Award—Delta Chi Fraternity, Delta Zeta Sorority and FarmHouse Fraternity
Blanchard Award—Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
Wouldn’t Be A Parade Without You Award—ROTC Texan Battalion

Additional information about the events (information obtained from the Traditions Handbook published in September 2005):

Silver Bugle Hunt
From 1941 to 1958 a rivalry raged between Tarleton and North Texas Agricultural College (now the University of Texas at Arlington) that was highlighted each fall by the presentation of the silver bugle to the winner of the annual football game. The winner maintained “bragging rights” to the bugle until the following year’s game. NTAC won the final game in 1958, and in the years since, the hated “Grubs” have lost or misplaced the silver bugle. To commemorate this event, a university wide scavenger hunt to “search for the silver bugle” is held each year during Tarleton Homecoming week.

Yell Contest
During the 1980s, the Student Government Association added the Yell Contest to Homecoming Week. Student organizations perform step and dance moves to original chants and lyrics; a panel of judges selects the top three teams. The winning team has the honor of beating the drum immediately following the Plowboys. Initially held in the Administration Mall, the event moved to the Thompson Student Center amphitheater and is currently held in Wisdom Gymnasium.

Homecoming Parade
The parade begins at Memorial Stadium and circles the Tarleton campus. Floats, bands and marching units from Tarleton and surrounding communities participate in the parade each year. A group of judges evaluate float entries by student organizations and award the following:

Sweepstakes Award—The overall winner that encompasses the most spirited and best adherence to the theme.

Oscar P Award—Given to the entry that conveys the most Tarleton spirit.

Doc Blanchard Award—Awarded to the entry that best adheres to the Homecoming Week theme.

It Wouldn’t Be A Parade Without You Award—This is a judges’ choice award for an entry that “makes the parade a parade.”


Tarleton State University
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