Merrimack College alumni and undergraduates alike came together last weekend to eat, drink and be merry all while embracing their Warrior pride. The weekend kicked off with the annual “Mr. Merrimack” competition that showcased a few of Merrimack’s most interesting male students in a glorified beauty pageant. Max Zhang took home the crown after he won over both the judges and audience’s hearts with his cover of Josh Grobin’s “You Raise Me Up” remixed with a rap-ballad by Linkin Park. Last years Mr. Merrimack winner, John Pellerin attended the competition to pass down his crown to Zhang. “The competition was great, and Max really deserved the crown” said Pellerin.
When Saturday morning rolled around- Merrimack’s campus was quickly flooded with people of all ages and walks of life. Merrimack alumni from years passed along with current students and their families gathered in the Sakowich parking lot to bask in their Merrimack pride. Each group had their own menu for the day, and most everyone was willing to share with their neighbors and people walking through. The tailgate proved to be family friendly with the “Carnival Fun Zone” that consisted of inflatables, rides and face painting open to all. The tailgate was hard to ignore as Merrimack provided a D.J. that kept the groups entertained with music and prizes throughout the day.
The exciting atmosphere of the homecoming tailgate made for the perfect prerequisite to the Merrimack football game. Here the Warriors would face their conference rivals, Bentley University. Hundreds of people flooded into Merrimack’s home stadium to watch the Warriors take home a big win for the squad. Lunch was served as a catered barbeque, along with an attached beer garden for the 21+ crowd.
Year after year, Merrimack seems to draw in an even bigger crowd that the previous. From just a mere 300 hundred people years ago, to now thousands of alumni, parents, and students, Homecoming weekend knows how to impress the crowd.