NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Stephen F. Austin Homecoming has been going on for 41 years.
Every year the events draw crowds from near and far to Nacogdoches, and the weekend event doesn't just impact "The Oldest Town in Texas." It impacts neighboring communities as well.
Even the most loyal SFA alum will have a difficult time taking in all the homecoming events, but they show up to try.
"I can tell you the hotels are packed. I can tell you that," said Craig Turnage, SFA's Alumni Association director. "As a matter of fact we have people staying as far away as Henderson and Lufkin that come to this and people who drive in just for the events the day only, simply because there are not enough places to stay."
The alumni's golf skills may not match the other attributes Turnage is tapping into this weekend.
"Be it their time, talent and financial resources," Turnage said.
"I can't go through all the homecoming events," said Ford "Spunky" Cartwright, the chair of the golf tournament.
A person's time is a factor veteran organizer Cartwright respected when planning his event. Taking a day off for golf comes easy for some, but it's harder for others.
"It's a sacrifice, but at the same time there's a possibility you are going to meet some new people that might help you in whatever you're doing in your life," Cartwright said.
Alum's talent is seen in many different ways, from homecoming promotion to event planning. Yet going after an alum's financial resources remains the main objective during homecoming and all year long.
"Those scholarship dollars are very impactful, and we're trying to make them competitive in nature so that way it really attracts bright students to SFA," Turnage said.
That kind of spirit creates a fun weekend and a promising future for anyone connected with SFA.
The bonfire is wrapping up now, but more SFA Homecoming fun will resume Saturday A 5k run, pancake breakfast, parade, duck dash and the football game are all on tap, just to name just a few.
The SFA Alumni Association's website lists it all in one place. Here's the link.