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WAVERLY — Wartburg College will celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend Thursday through Sunday. This year’s theme is “Our Mighty Fortress,” a nod to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

The public is invited to traditional Homecoming events, including Kastle Kapers, the student variety show; the parade; the Renaissance Faire, featuring student organizations, off-campus vendors and family friendly activities; the football game; and Oktoberfest on the campus mall.

Kastle Kapers kicks off the festivities at 8 p.m. Thursday in Neumann Auditorium, followed immediately by the coronation of the Homecoming king and queen.

A pep rally begins at 9:30 p.m. in Walston-Hoover Stadium. An encore performance of Kastle Kapers begins at 8:45 p.m. Friday.

Children ages 3-12 are invited to take part in the annual Wartburg Track & Field Children’s Track Meet on Saturday, 8:30-10 a.m., in the Hoover Fieldhouse & Track in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center.

The Homecoming parade, which follows Fifth Street Northwest and First Avenue Northwest, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Grand marshals are the Revs. Larry Trachte, Ramona Bouzard and Brian Beckstrom, who have served as the college’s spiritual leaders for more than four decades.

The Renaissance Faire on the campus mall begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Knights will take on the Loras Duhawks at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Walston-Hoover Stadium, followed by Oktoberfest on the campus mall from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The W will offer $5 admission to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The full schedule of events and online registration are available at www.wartburg.edu/homecoming.

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