By Matt Cannella and Kendra Ullman

This year to kick off Homecoming 2009, the festivities were started with the first annual 5K that started at 12 p.m. at the IM building on Oct. 11, 2009.  For the first time, the 2009 Homecoming Court was introduced together at the event.  There was a great turnout for this event with appearances by the Nittany Lion, Penn State cheerleaders, members of the Blue Band and the RAM squad.

In addition to the 5K, another new event was the “Best of Penn State” Carnival.  This was created to replace the Band Bash competition and Nittany Pursuit, a scavenger hunt done in previous years.

Sure to be one of the most memorable events is the Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday.  This will be followed by a Pep Rally where they will announce the King and Queen on Old Main Lawn.

The Penn State Nittany Lions will be playing the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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