OTTUMWA — Next week will be full of excitement for Ottumwans. Not only does Oktoberfest kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 1, but Indian Hills Community College also has a lot of big community events planned during their Homecoming week.
Changes to this year’s Homecoming are sure to make for fun times for students, alumni and the Ottumwa community.
All of the fun kicks off on Monday with a dinner for retirees of the college and a volleyball match against Missouri State-West Plains Community College. That leads into Tuesday, which features a film festival including two films, Cherish and Demonica, that were produced by alumni. The film festival will be free.
An evening 5K run and 2-mile walk highlight the activity on Wednesday, as well as the crowning of king and queen. The Homecoming Glow Run will begin at 7:15 p.m. with packet pickup taking place from 5:30-7 p.m. The Glow Run was one of the big changes to the schedule this year. Alumni Coordinator Bianca Myers is hoping that changes to the run will help boost participation.
“This year we are adding the glow aspect to the 5K,” she said. “We’ve already seen our pre-registration numbers increase.”
The participation fee for the run and walk is $25, but it is free for students. All of the proceeds will go to support student scholarships.
Those who take part will receive a free T-shirt and other glowing items, and the first male and female to finish will receive $50 Walmart gift cards. There will also be a costume contest with the top three costumes taking home $25 Walmart gift cards.
Later in the week, there will be a cultural display by the IHCC International Student Department on Thursday and the Centerville Homecoming reception on Friday at the Continental Hotel in Centerville from 4-7 p.m.