This is a big week for Southeast Missouri State University and the entire Cape Girardeau region.
Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26, is Homecoming week for the University. This is an exciting annual event that provides lots of opportunities for alumni and the general public. These include an Alumni Coffee and Donuts event, many fraternity and sorority gatherings, the Copper Dome Dinner, the Homecoming parade, and, of course, Saturday’s football game against UT Martin.
As always, there are some very special highlights to the week. It seems the entire region looks forward to the parade and this year’s will not disappoint. According to a University spokesperson, there are about 115 entries featuring numerous floats and marching bands. And perhaps you’ve “heard” one of this year’s parade marshals. He is 2004 graduate Jeremy Boyer who serves as the St. Louis Blues organist. He will be joined by 2002 graduate and VP of Ticketing for the Blues, Nick Wierciak. No doubt the streets will be lined from Capaha Park to the Hutson Pavilion.
So, you might ask, what does all this have to do with business? A lot! One thing about having a University that has been around since 1873 is you have a lot of alumni. More than 10,000 alumni are expected to flood the area and participate in various parts of the weeklong celebration. You’ve heard us talk about the impact visitors have on business and this will be a big week for hotels, restaurants, retail, and much more.