By Pat Christman
The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — It doesn't get much cheesier than Wednesday's mac-and-cheese eating contest, but Minnesota State University is offering other events through homecoming week.
Competitors consumed a plate of cheesy noodles as fast as possible using only their faces. The fastest four made it to the finals, where a huge ice cream sundae awaited them.
MSU student Erik Lopez was the first to finish his sundae. It was his third consecutive eating championship.
Today's homecoming activities are a canned food sculpture contest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mav Ave., and a lip-sync contest and the homecoming royalty coronation 7 p.m. in Bresnan Arena.
Friday's activities include an Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner 6 p.m. in CSU Ballroom; Maverick vs. St. Cloud volleyball 7 p.m. in Bresnan; and and a 9 p.m. outdoor movie near the CSU Koi Pond.
On Saturday, the Homecoming 5K begins 9 a.m. on the college's fitness trail. Lineup begins 10 a.m. for the noon homecoming parade; a free community pancake breakfast will be served 9-11 a.m. in the Alumni tent; Mavericks Volleyball plays Minnesota Duluth 4 p.m. from Bresnan Arena; and the homecoming football game is at 2 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium, when the Mavs take on Northern State.
A carnival is scheduled 3-11 p.m. Saturday in Lot 20 with country music on tap from 8-10 p.m. Several campus groups will gather for reunions during homecoming and KMSU Radio will celebrate its 50-year anniversary.
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