Thursday, October 19, 2017

America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration Photo Diary

One of the things that Oklahoma State University is known for across the country (ok, in the Midwest) is their Homecoming. It's the biggest in the country, with over 80,000 alumni returning each year for the weekend's events.

Since the week is put on by the Alumni Association, I had a first-hand look at everything going on! I worked most events and wanted to share some of the pictures here with y'all.

Homecoming technically kicked off two weeks ago with the Cowboy Stampede Rodeo. I had been to a "rodeo" before in Auburn with my sister, but it wasn't really a true rodeo. This was the real deal. There were horse ridings and bull ridings and people roping and wrestling cows and goats... it was nuts. I had to get over the fact that the animals weren't hurt, but once I did it was a really enjoyable night! It was the perfect weather to try my hand at rodeo photography... let's just say I won't be quitting my day job any time soon.

Sunday was the official start of the competitions for Homecoming week. It started with Greek houses, resident halls, and student organizations putting out painted signs on the main lawn of campus.

After, the Homecoming exec team dyed the main library fountain bright orange. I didn't think that it would look as bright as it did!

The Harvest Carnival was on Tuesday, along with a chili cookoff. This was the first ever event for Homecoming back in 1920, so it was cool to go and imagine how much it's changed since then.

The Greek teams and colleges and resident halls all set up games for children to play and win candy.


I was personally really excited for the chili cookoff. It was really cold that morning, and chili is one of my all-time favorite cold weather foods. There were 42 entries so my goal was to sample each one, but I ended up only making it to 30. Pretty good!

I had some really bad samples along the way, but I had some really great ones too. A perk about land-grant schools is their agriculture programs! Even slow cooked chili tasted so fresh.

Wednesday was one of my favorite events! It was a spirited event where local families came out and painted the street going toward the football stadium. Watching all of the little kids paint their hearts out was so sweet. Then the Greeks showed up and things got a littttle crazy and loud and crowded.

Thursday was an event that I had been looking forward to pretty much since I accepted the job here: All-Night Pomp. (If you don't know what pomping is... it's making designs by sticking tissue paper in chicken wire with a pencil and gluing it down.) House Decorations are a huge part of Homecoming, and they've only gotten bigger and more intricate as the years have gone on. This is an event that my mom participated in when she was in college in the 1970s!

Basically, the houses have 24 hours to finalize their decorations. They're all 3-4 stories high, as long as the fraternity houses, and most of them have moving parts. It. Is. Nuts. We started going around the houses at 9-ish and we finished up around midnight. Most houses had about 40-60% of their houses done... which made Friday's main event so much more exciting.

Walkaround! This is by far the biggest attraction of the weekend (besides the actual Homecoming football game). I was skeptical when my mom would talk about it when I was growing up, but I 100% get it now. It was made even better that my family flew in for the weekend and I got to experience my mom's first Homecoming since she graduated.


The house decorations were finalized and were all soooo impressive. Especially seeing the behind the scenes and partially done decorations at midnight to seeing them finished and motorized.

The winning house.

After Walkaround my family and I ate at my favorite (so far) Mexican restaurant before heading to the basketball arena for Homecoming and Hoops. I didn't take many great pictures during this event, I was mostly just trying to enjoy it!

Saturday was the Homecoming parade and football game. Most of the shots I took on my camera turned out a little overexposed due to shooting pretty much directly into the sun, but this picture is one of my favorites that actually turned out!

Although it was very very hot outside, the Cowboys won and everyone left tired but happy.

It wouldn't be Homecoming without including this awkward picture I got with Rickie Fowler! Any golf fans out there? He played for Oklahoma State, which is why he wears orange on Sundays! This picture cracks me up every time I see it - we are so far away from each other!

All in all, it was a fun and exciting week!


  1. How FUN is this!! My university had the tiniest and worst homecoming lol. I still lived close to my college last year but I didn't even go!! Haha. This one looks incredible!

    xoxo A

  2. Those decorations are awesome! I miss homecoming weeks!

  3. So cool! I had. O idea homecoming was so big there. Wish my school was like that. How fun!

  4. Your homecoming outfit was super cute. I never knew homecoming was such a HUGE thing at Oklahoma, it seems like a blast.

  5. Looks like homecoming was so much fun! Love your outfit and all of the photos - makes me feel like I was there celebrating homecoming too!

  6. This looks like so much fun! I had no idea Oklahoma had the biggest homecoming event, that's so cool! Love that they dyed the fountain water Orange for the events :)

  7. This looks like so much fun! Oh man, to be young again with homecomings!

  8. Wow this looks like a lot of fun! I love schools that have a ton of pride. :)

  9. This looks like so much fun! I laughed when you mentioned Auburn's rodeo, whether you're talking about Alpha Psi Rodeo or Farmhouse Rodeo, both are more just like a big party/concert-but they're still fun! Auburn's homecoming is pretty big and fun, but it's definitely not as big as this!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    1. I think it was Alpha Psi - either way, it was fun but I barely saw any events hahaha!

  10. Your homecoming outfit was SO cute!

    Also, I loved this post! The decorations were AMAZING! My university did canned food creation and created HUGE statues and sculptures out of canned goods that were later donated. I can only imagine what those structures would have looked like at your university :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  11. Wow! This is insane! Those decorations are incredible. My homecoming is in two weeks and I can say it is NOTHING like this. Much simpler, but still so much fun! I can't wait.

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (

  12. I always wished the college I went to did homecoming celebrations like this! It looks so fun!

  13. It looks like such a great time!! My school is much smaller than that, and I wish I could have attended homecoming as an alum this year!

    The Classic Brunette

  14. I'm not sure I can ever go back to any other place, after an experience like this. This place is appropriate in a space that lends so much gravitas to events. The design of New York venues is sharp and environment is unbelievably good.


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