Final plans are underway for a bonfire rally, parade, student competitions and other activities during Washington State University’s Homecoming, Sept. 30-Oct. 4.

“Cougs turn up the heat for a Wildcat defeat” is the theme of this year’s homecoming festivities. The week caps off when the WSU Cougar football team takes on the Arizona Wildcats in Martin Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The annual Homecoming bonfire rally is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at The Triangle, the area connecting Stadium Way and Colorado Street, north of Mooberry Track. Taking part in the rally will be WSU President V. Lane Rawlins; Glenn Johnson, public address “voice of the Cougars;” the WSU Marching Band and Spirit Squad, Cougar Athletics coaches and athletes and student entertainment. Student Alumni Connection and the ASWSU Homecoming Committee are sponsoring the event.

The seventh annual homecoming parade is set to begin three and one-half hours before game time on Main Street in downtown Pullman on Oct. 4. An assortment of student and community groups will participate.

The bonfire rally and parade will culminate several days of student competitions. These include a student games night, serpentine, lip-sync competition, street fair and banner contest.

In other homecoming activities, fans can attend Cougar volleyball matches Thursday, Oct. 2, when WSU takes on the University of California, Los Angeles, and Friday, Oct. 3, when the team plays the University of Southern California. Both matches are in WSU’s Bohler Gym at 7 p.m. Soccer fans can see the WSU women play Idaho State at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Lower Field on Colorado Street.

In addition, other campus organizations have planned events for before and after the football game on Oct. 4. These include a kids’ carnival, numerous barbecues, a concert by country singer Alan Jackson and much more. For more information, visit http://football-weekends.wsu.edu/10-4.html.

The ASWSU Homecoming Committee is coordinating the homecoming activities. Student groups on and off campus are encouraged to participate.