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Delta State’s Alumni Association announces 2022 dates for Pig Pickin’ & Homecoming

By September 8, 2022Alumni

CLEVELAND, Miss.- As football season kicks off, Delta State University’s National Alumni Association is thrilled to announce the dates for two of its staple events—Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

The 36th Annual Pig Pickin’ will take place Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at Delta State’s Travis E. Parker Field and Horace L. McCool Stadium.

With live music provided by Delta State’s DMI Department, this year’s Pig Pickin’ celebration will feature events and attractions such as the annual pep rally, the Delta BBQ Battle (a Memphis Barbeque Network sanctioned BBQ competition), and a football game against Valdosta State at 6 p.m. Saturday. This year, there will also be new events for the entire family to enjoy, including  Pig Pickin’ Pilates at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“We can’t wait to see everybody this year!” said Amanda Robinson, interim director of alumni affairs, about this year’s Pig Pickin’ event. “We have a lot of popular attractions from previous years that’ll be available, and some new events that we think will be a big hit.”

This year’s Homecoming will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, and will be highlighted by a football game against the University of West Georgia at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“This year, we’ll be starting the Homecoming celebration with a gala inducting the Class of 1972 into the Golden Circle, marking 50 years since their graduation,” shared Robinson. “This is how we’ve kicked off homecoming for years, and it’s a tradition that means a lot to us here.”

Other planned festivities for this year’s Homecoming include the annual parade featuring the Alumnus of the Year, a Veteran’s Program, and an Alumni choir reunion.

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For questions, email or call (662) 846-4704.