Bonfire & Fireworks
When lit, the bonfire stands 25 feet tall and is made up of 250+ pallets of wood. This intense project was initiated in 2014 with the help of a student-ran organization of Construction Management students and the leadership of Homecoming co-chair, David Scheiler. Each year different representatives from the university are privileged enough to light the bonfire. Homecoming Royalty Dustin Slaughter stated that, “it was truly a unique and incredible experience to light the bonfire. I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to do so, and I’ll never forget it; especially the moment when the stack of pallets fell over on fire!”
Prior to the bonfire, the Homecoming committee plan a variety activities as patrons arrive. Activities in the past have included inflatables, a laser light show, DJ battle with the Maverick machine, and photo booths. Each year a variety of sponsors have provided food samples and other activities.
The bonfire takes place in the same location each year behind Blakeslee Stadium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The evening is capped off with a 15 minute fireworks show featuring more than 2400 shells behind the Maverick Midway. This event will be free to both students and public. Parking will be available in Lot 20 for individuals interested in attending this event.
Some guidelines to follow each year including the following. There will be no outside food or beverage. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an alcohol, other drugs, and tobacco-free campus. Use of substances will result in removal from this event. To ensure safety and security, the Mankato Fire Department will available for the entire duration of this event.
All Homecoming events are planned by a student-led organization known as the Student Events Team. Student Events Team, is a student-led organization that produces fun, interactive, educational events where students make lifelong memories and celebrate their Maverick pride.
If students are interested in joining the team or helping to plan or volunteer during the week of Homecoming, Student Events Team meets every Tuesday at 4pm, in CSU 245. If you want to help plan Homecoming specifically, committee meetings will be held every Thursday at 4pm in CSU 173.