Tarleton State University puts one of its core values, tradition, on full display this week as former students flock back to the Stephenville campus for the annual Homecoming celebration.

Festivities with the theme, “Back to Our Roots,” began Sunday with the  Lighting of the Smokestack and continue each night of the week with a variety of events culminating with the Texans’ Lone Star Conference football matchup with Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday night.

The yearly Silver Bugle Hunt, a university-wide scavenger hunt that hearkens back to more than 70 years ago, is Monday, followed on Tuesday with the Launching of the Ducks and the Purple Out Picnic. 

The Yell Contest, Snake Dance and Beating of the Drum are all set for Wednesday. Wisdom Madness on Thursday gives fans the opportunity to see the Texan and TexAnn basketball teams as they begin preparations for the 2018-19 season.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with a full slate of activities, capped by the L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire. The Homecoming parade and tailgate party take place Saturday.

Homecoming 2018 events and activities: 

Wednesday, Oct. 17

•9 p.m. - Yell Contest, Snake Dance and Beating of the Drum, Wisdom Gym Thursday, Oct. 18

•7 p.m. - Wisdom Madness, Wisdom Gym •10:30 p.m. - Purple Pancakes, Dining Hall Friday, Oct. 19

•8 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Original 40 Acres Tour, Heritage Park •8:30 a.m. - J. Dixon White Homecoming Golf Tournament, Canyon West Golf Club, Weatherford •Noon to 5 p.m. - Welcome Home Bash, Alumni Association House •5 p.m. - Alumni Homecoming Kick-off Social, Alumni Association House •7 p.m. - L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire, Tarleton Agricultural Center Saturday, Oct. 20

•7:30 a.m. - College of Liberal and Fine Arts Alumni Breakfast, O.A. Grant Humanities Building •8 a.m. - College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Alumni Breakfast, Tarleton Agricultural Center •8 a.m. - College of Business Homecoming Breakfast, Alumni Association House •8 a.m. - College of Health Sciences and Human Services Homecoming Breakfast, Alumni Association House •8 a.m. - Memorial 5K, Rudder Way •8 a.m. - Welcome Home Breakfast and Parade Watch Party, Alumni Association House •8 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Original 40 Acres Tour, Heritage Park •9 a.m. – Midlothian Campus Fall Festival and Purple Pancakes, Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Facility •10 a.m. - 2018 Homecoming Parade, from baseball/softball fields through campus •11 a.m. - Texan Trace Dedication •Noon to 5 p.m. - Welcome Home Bash, Alumni Association House •2 p.m. - Alumni Homecoming tailgate party, Texan Alley •3 p.m. - Rally on Rudder, Rudder Way