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Carthage Events

Student Organization Competitions

Dec the Doors

General Information

  • Each organization should have a team of a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 members.
  • Each organization will be assigned a door on campus.
  • Organizations are also free to ask permission to decorate other doors. However, CAB should be notified which door is being decorated so we can ensure it is judged.


  • Door decorations must be complete by the evening of Thursday, Sept. 28. Judging will take place on Friday, Sept. 29.
  • Decorations must be Carthage Homecoming theme related.
  • Decorations must be able to be easily removed and should leave no lasting marks on any door. Organizations will be held responsible for any damages.
  • Decorations should not block entry into the door or make it difficult for people to open, go through, or come out of the door. If this is the case, decorations will be removed immediately and will not be judged.
  • Decorations should be firmly secured and should not be extending a distance from the door or dragging on the floor. Decorations should not exceed the space of the door.
  • All decorations must be taken down by the organization that put them up by the afternoon on Monday afternoon on October 2.

Quiz Bowl

General Information

  • Each organization should have a team of a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 members.
  • Captain will be selected from each team.
  • The captain will be the person to share team answers after conferring with the group.
  • Groups will earn points based on correct answers. No points will be awarded or subtracted for incorrect or partially correct answers.
  • Questions will mainly be Carthage history related.


  • Team members must consult each other before answering.
  • The answer can only be shared by the team captain in writing.
  • 30 seconds will be allowed for conferencing time between team members.
  • No peeking or cheating—you will be disqualified! NO use of mobile internet devices to find answers!

Amazing Race

Various waves starting at 7 p.m.

General Information

  • Each organization should have a team of a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 members.
  • Teams will begin on a staggered time schedule and will be clocked for the amount of time it takes them from start to the finish of the last challenge.
  • There will be five checkpoints with challenges and each must be completed in order to receive the next checkpoint clue.


  • Challenges will not be administered until the previous stop’s clue card is surrendered to the judges at the checkpoint.
  • Challenges must be completed to the satisfaction of the judge at that area in order to receive the next clue.
  • Staking out—or spying on groups going ahead of you to find the next clue—is illegal and you will be disqualified!

Torchie’s Super Speedway

5 p.m. – Oaks Circle Drive

General Information

  • Each organization must have a team of 4 members.
  • Each organization must construct and decorate their own race car.
  • One team will race at a time, in a lap race around the Oaks Circle Drive.
  • Two people will push the racecar and two people will ride and steer the race car for a designated period of time. Then the organization must pit and switch riders and pushers.
  • Each team runs once for best time.


  • Cars may not be built or decorated in residence halls or in campus buildings. They must be built outside at least 10 feet from doors or off campus.
  • Cars cannot be purchased pre-built. Organizations must build their car. Pallets are permissible, but must pass safety inspection.
  • When building and decorating cars, please remember the policies regarding what you are allowed to store in your residence hall rooms—i.e. flammable paint, power tools, etc.
  • Helmets must be worn by all racers participating in the race. CAB will have a limited number of helmets available for you to borrow if needed, but please try to find your own. Bike helmets are acceptable!
  • Cars should be decorated according to the Carthage Homecoming Theme.
  • Organizations MUST pit and switch riders and pushers—you may not use the same people in the same positions for the entire race.
  • Cars must be checked for safety on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the Denhart Courtyard. Please have your car construction completed by this time for a safety check. If your car is found to be unsafe, guidelines will be given on how to correct the problems for the next day’s race, and the car will be rechecked before the race begins on Sept. 22.
  • Spirit Awards will be awarded for the teams for: best decorated, most spirited, for best sportsmanship!


11:30 a.m. – Campus Drive

General Information

  • Each organization will build a float or put together a walking group to celebrate Carthage Homecoming.
  • Organizations should decorate in the theme of Carthage’s Homecoming! Organizations should feel free to incorporate the spirit of their organization as well!
  • Line up begins at 9 a.m.
  • Judging begins at 10:45 a.m.
  • Parade begins at 11:30 a.m.


Float Construction

  • Type of paint must be latex only no oil based or epoxy paint (fire issue).
  • Required inspection of portable generators/battery systems used to provide electrical power to floats.
  • No flammable foam used in the construction of the floats (fire issue).
  • No items that would promote a risk of fire can be included in the decorations.
  • Organizations should utilize recyclable materials for decoration and will recycle materials after parade.

Rider and Vehicle Safety

  • Connection of the float to the tow vehicle must be done correctly with an approved trailer hitch. Connection cannot be by chain, rope, or any other improvised fashion.
  • Participants should not be riding between or have parts of their body hanging between the tow vehicle and the float.
  • Speed limit for vehicles in the parade shall not exceed 10 mph.
  • Floats should maintain a maximum distance of 30 feet between units and a minimum 1 car length between units
  • Floats with a height of 3 feet off the surface of the road must have secured railings or safety tie off lines for float riders.
  • No riding on vehicle hoods or running boards, all tow vehicle occupants must be in a regular vehicle seat.
  • Good visibility and an unobstructed view for the float or vehicle drivers must be maintained at all times.
  • Riders are not allowed to exit or enter float while in motion.
  • Float riders should be used only when they serve a useful function to the overall theme of the float and must be costumed appropriately to fit that theme.
  • Participants should not use cell phones, except in an emergency.

Parade expectations

  • Alcohol and other drugs are NOT allowed during the set-up, take-down or parade itself. Organizations may be asked to leave if alcohol is found.
  • Organization decorations should display the Student Organization Homecoming theme.
  • Organizations must submit parade decoration plans in advance to
  • Organizations will be assigned a designated spot in the parade and will be notified of assignments prior to the parade.
  • Organizations are responsible for picking up all leftover decorations and garbage after the parade.
  • The parade is a family-friendly event. No offensive language, music, clothing or gestures will be allowed.
  • Participants wishing to provide candy and other gifts should have walkers along the float to hand them directly to parade attendees.
  • Discharging firearms, noise makers, fireworks or similar items at any time during the parade is prohibited.

There are three types of entries organizations may consider:

  • Marching Unit. Any organization walking without a motorized vehicle. Marching units must have a banner or creative signage to display organization name.
  • Decorated car or pick-up truck. Organizations may decorate a car or pick-up truck with participating members walking along side or behind vehicle. Participants must not hang off of vehicles. Participants must be seated in the bed of the pick-up truck and not on the side rails.
  • Float. Organizations may use a trailer or platform pulled by a vehicle or a tow truck. Organizations must reserve the tow truck. Tow trucks and trailers must be decorated. No more than 10 participants may ride on the tow trucks and must be seated at all times. Participants riding on tow trucks should be incorporated into the float design and theme. Other non-riding participants may walk next to or behind the trailer or tow truck.

Parade Route Information

Parade line up is in the NORTH LOT by Clausen Center and the President’s house.

  • The parade will NOT be looping back to the North Lot.
  • Marching units will exit onto the Festival Grounds until the parade is over.
  • Car floats will exit campus directly from the parade.
  • Pick-up trucks, trailers and tow trucks will enter Oaks Circle Drive to unload students and remove decorations. Once the parade is over, vehicles will exit the Oaks Circle Drive and exit campus drive.

Festival Grounds Fundraiser

12:30 p.m. – South of Art Keller Field

  • Set Up. Set up begins at 10:30 a.m. Tables are assigned and there will be Division of Student Affairs staff person or CAB member down there to show you where your table and grill are located. Please do not take any table at random. Campus Drive closes at 11 a.m. for the parade so make sure to unload and arrive at your tables before that time.
  • Food Prep. Although the official start time is 12:30 p.m., people usually start showing up just as the parade ends (typically right at 11:45 a.m.). Please try your best to have your food hot and ready at that time. You’ll get the highest amount of buyers right away, so to cut down on lines, please be ready. If you’re food isn’t ready, they might spend their money elsewhere!
  • Alcohol. Alcohol is NOT permitted at the Festival Grounds. Organizations will be asked to leave if members have alcohol at their booths.
  • Accepting Tickets. There will be a number of people who pay for food with tickets. Please accept these tickets as cash. Essentially, these people are paid for by the college. The week after homecoming, you turn in your tickets into the Institutional Advancement Office located in Lentz Hall just at the top of the spiral staircase. Make sure to write the name of the organization on the tickets and provide an on-campus deposit account number. 
  • Food Supplies. Don’t forget those last minute items like condiments, utensils, napkins, clean-up items, gloves, etc.
  • Extra Change. Since people will also be paying with cash, make sure to have plenty of change for people who may only have large dollar bills.
  • Amount of items. It’s pretty standard that organizations sell out quick so make sure to purchase enough items. If you have questions on how much to buy, contact Becky Windberg ( or Lance Thompson (
  • Power. There is no electricity down on the festival grounds. You are also not allowed any kind of generator.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Access. You may not drive up the festival grounds to deliver food to your stations. Please make sure you have enough volunteers to help you carry it down.
  • Prices. Do not change your price without notifying the Student Involvement Office. The tickets that many people exchange with you for food will only be reimbursed at the price you indicated on the application.
  • Duplicates. Please remember each organization is only allowed to sell one item and there should be no duplicates. If it is reported to me that you have been selling multiple items or something other than what you signed up for, you may be asked to leave.
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