Guest blog by Robert Morris, A-State Homecoming Co-Director
One of the most unique aspects of Downtown Jonesboro is that it has always been supported by Arkansas State University faculty, staff, and students alike. That is why we are more than thrilled to be holding our award winning signature event, Pack Pride Weekends, for the third year in a row! Established in 2014, Pack Pride Weekends is a unique game weekend experience offered only in Downtown Jonesboro on the home football weekends of the season. Friday nights play host to special events and activities on Main Street, from the ever popular October monster run, ‘Stay Alive After Five’ to the signature Homecoming classic, ‘Downtown by the Decades’. On Saturdays, Downtowners can head down to East Street free parking and catch the Red Wolf Express for a minimal fee! Then on Sunday, rest easy and celebrate the scarlet and black by treating yourself to brunch and shopping in any of our participating retailers and restaurants.
The first Pack Pride Weekends event will kick off on Friday, September 2nd with the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce’ Big Great A-State leading the Friday night festivities. Ride the Red Wolf Express all the way from Downtown Jonesboro (official stop at the East Street parking lot) to Centennial Bank Stadium to watch your Arkansas State Red Wolves face off against the University of Toledo Rockets at 8pm. On Sunday, September 4th, Brunch and Browse will be hosted in Downtown Jonesboro from 11am-2pm after a home game (and Red Wolves win!) at participating merchants. Be sure and wear red!
Before an in-state face-off with the University of Central Arkansas Bears on Saturday, September 24th, be sure to come make your way down Main Street for Pack Tracks on Friday, September 23rd! Be sure and wear your red game day attire for this game.
I hope you are just as excited for A-State Homecoming weekend as we are! We are so blessed to have been a part of the Jonesboro community for so long, so take a look back with Downtown by the Decades. By the way, did you know there are 14,000 Arkansas State University living in Craighead County alone? That’s a lot of Red Wolves fans! Be sure to watch the new king and queen be crowned before A-State battles the University of South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday, October 15th! Wear pink or your Red Wolf red for this game.
Things will be getting very spooky downtown, so come out to Downtown Jonesboro’s monster run, Stay Alive After Five, on Friday, October 28th! Be sure to continue your Halloween weekend with as we compete (wear your black!) against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Saturday, October 29th.
Finally, take some time to appreciate all that our community does for us with Downtown Gives Back on Friday, November 11th before going head-to-head with the New Mexico State University Aggies! For this game, Red Wolf fans can wear their red, white, or blue.
Come see why Pack Pride Weekends has been named “Best New Event” by Main Street Arkansas, and is one of the only downtowns in the state of Arkansas to offer this fantastic partnership with a local university. We cannot wait to “Eat. Shop. HOWL. Downtown!”
Pack Pride Weekends 2016 is brought to you by these presenting sponsors: KAIT8, Art Advertising, MOR Media. Our spirit sponsor for this year’s college game day tradition is Jimmy John’s.