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Paul Smith's College celebrates first-ever homecoming weekend

PAUL SMITHS An Adirondack cold front did its best to dampen spirits at the first-ever Paul Smith's College Homecoming, but students and alumni alike braved the rain and frigid temperatures to make the inaugural celebration a success.

The 3-day weekend mixed memories of the past with the present as alumni, students, faculty, trustees, friends and community members joined together for a pep rally on Friday and an all-day carnival on Saturday.

"The event was a success," said Major Gifts and Grants Officer Jamie Dyer. "I think the students really embraced the idea and came out to support all of the things that make this such a great college community."

The weekend kicked off with Friday's pep rally and a harvest dinner. Matthew Arvidson and Michelle Daus were named the King and Queen of Homecoming.

On Saturday a large group of faculty members and volunteers convened on the quad to set up a carnival town that included a variety of games. The most popular attraction was the radar gun that measured the speed of carnival-goers pitches.

"I think the rain and the cold caused our turnout to be smaller than wed hoped," said Debbie Holmes, alumni relations coordinator. "But those that did show up had a wonderful time, and I expect next year's homecoming to be even bigger."

The carnival wrapped up with a hot-dog eating contest.

The next event on the schedule was the Tin Chef Competition. Teams were given a basket that they could fill at the Farmers Market. Then each team prepared a dish at their stations to be judged by the king and queen.

Saturday evening ended with an Italian-theme dinner and dance in the Pine Room.

For the weekends finale on Sunday, alumni and current students were invited to unwind in the Pine Room with a free yoga lesson from Becky O'Neill, of Saranac Lake.

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