3,000 fans show homecoming spirit and watch bonfire burn - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/9/09

3,000 fans show homecoming spirit and watch bonfire burn

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By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  A long standing Red Raider tradition got underway Friday night. Each year young and old gather to show their Texas Tech spirit during homecoming. The cool weather did not deter fans from coming out to Urbanovsky Park. Nearly 3,000 folks gathered to take part in the pep rally and bonfire. The tradition has been organized by the Saddle Tramps since 1938 and is just one way the all male spirit group upholds tradition.

Raider Red, Masked Rider, Goin' Band from Raiderland and the spirit squads were all out showing their support for homecoming festivities. Junior Saddle Tramp Cody Crea says one word describes the mood on campus this week; electric.

"I think for the school is a great way to show spirit. The Saddle Tramps have worked hard to put this event on and it just shows our devotion to tradition and to the university," says Crea.

According to the Fire Marshall there has to be 200 feet between fans and the fire. The Saddle Tramps began work Friday 5:30 a.m. carefully placing 500 wood pallets around a 15 foot pole. The spirit group says there is an art to creating the bonfire. Crea says the blaze will continue to smolder until Sunday at noon and there will be a crew of saddle tramps keeping a watchful eye on the coals.

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