Between 100 and 150 New Mexico Tech alums are expected to be in town next week for 49ers Weekend.
“We’re hoping to increase that,” New Mexico Tech Office of Advancement Events Coordinator Sandi Lucero said.
University officials are also hoping for more community involvement in the events, which run from Thursday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 21.
“We encourage the community to come and attend the events,” Lucero said. “We’ve really done a lot to add value to it, to open it up to the community.”
Among the events that have been added are block parties on Friday and Saturday on the Tech athletic field.
“We have food vendors, merchandise vendors,” Lucero said. “We have a bunch of our clubs that are going to be having games to play, so we will have games like dart throw, Giant Jenga and Yard Pong. We will have music going, and that’s from 10 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.) on Friday. The block party on Saturday is from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’s going to be a free concert with Vanilla Pop, starting at 6. There will be a fireworks finale.”
Block parties on both days will include Heritage Mining Events such as single-strike drilling, gold panning, Swedish sawing and a jack-leg drilling demonstration.
There will also be rugby matches on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. on the athletic field.
“There’s a women’s game and a men’s game this year,” Lucero said.
There will also be a soccer alumni game at 1 p.m. on Saturday
The focus of the events shifts to the Plaza on Friday night. There will be a street dance featuring the Double Barrel Band that will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Some of the traditional events remain. Students will race up the mountain to Paint the M on Friday morning at 7.
The annual 49ers Parade is Saturday, with lineup at 10 a.m. at Sedillo Park. The parade starts at 11 and will make its way to the Plaza.
“We still have plenty of space if people want to enter,” Lucero said.
A Tech Rocks program will also be held throughout the weekend.
“We have painted rocks that we will hide all over Socorro and campus,” Lucero said. “The point is for someone to find it and have it bring a bit of joy to them at that moment. We want them to post a picture of the rocks on social media if they can.”
There will also be reunion events and campus tours for alumni throughout the weekend, as well as events for students. There will also be live music at the Capitol Bar on Friday and Saturday nights.