The Magic of Dixie: D-Week 2018
Dixie State University invites you to D-Week 2018
By Hanna Pollock
Balloons dot the campus, grassy areas are splashed with Dixie colors, and a red light cast from the “D” on Black Hill beams over St. George to announce the arrival of Dixie State University’s D-Week. “The Magic of Dixie,” which is this year’s theme, will begin April 6. Dixie State’s campus will host a variety of unique traditions and exciting activities to spread the Dixie Magic to the Dixie State and St. George communities for the 104th anniversary of D-Week, a tradition akin to Homecoming Week that began more than a century ago in 1914. New to the D-Week lineup this year, the Movie in the Park event gets a head start on the festivities the Friday before D-Week, April 6. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and settle in for a good flick. The movie starts at dusk at the park on the Innovation Plaza South Field. The fun continues as DSU celebrates Brooks’ birthday on Monday, April 9. An evening full of Dixie Spirit, the party will feature tasty food from local food trucks that will be parked north of the DSU Encampment Mall from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets to sample the various cuisine are available at the event for $5.
One of D-Week’s most popular events, the D-Queen Pageant, features talented DSU students bringing their talents into the spotlight as they compete for the coveted crown and title of D-Queen. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the Cox Performing Arts Center, and admission is $5. As the week progresses, be sure to bring family, friends, and everyone you know to make history by participating in a record-breaking event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, on DSU’s Encampment Mall. Students and the community will come together to put Dixie in the books. Gear up for the weekend by watching or participating in one of D-Week’s most anticipated events: The Great Race. Dating back to the 1960s, the race has evolved from a bike race to a 10-person relay through town to the relay across the Dixie State campus it became 17 years ago. The high-energy course involves running, swimming, biking, scootering, and trudging through a mud pit. Winners of The Great Race claim the coveted trophy and get their name engraved on the corresponding plaque. Registration is open to all ages, and community members are encouraged to participate. The race starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13, from Legend Solar Stadium. After the race, head down to DSU’s South Encampment Mall for the celebratory D-Week Carnival. Food, treats, and games are free for the whole family.
D-Day, or the Saturday of D-Week, will kick off on April 14 with the well-known tradition of whitewashing the “D” on Black Hill. Students and community members meet on the hill at 8 a.m. Join in on the singing of the school song before adding a fresh coat of paint to the beloved “D” overlooking Dixie and enjoying breakfast afterward. D-Day continues with Evening of Dixie at 6 p.m. in the Stephen & Marcia Wade Alumni House. As part of the celebratory evening, alumni and friends will honor four distinguished alumni. D-Week comes to an end on Saturday night with a tradition dating back to before electricity. The glowing-red lights on the “D” on Black Hill will be replaced with firelight to honor when the Dixie State community lit the “D” on fire once a year on D-Week’s final night.
Don’t miss the opportunity to show your Dixie Spirit by joining in the tradition of D-Week this April and celebrating The Magic of Dixie.
For more information on D-Week, please visit dixie.edu/dweek. Event location, venues, dates and times may be subject to change.
Hanna Pollock is a student journalist at Dixie State University studying media studies. She is an intern in the DSU Marketing & Communication office, an anchor and copy editor for the Dixie Sun News, a resident assistant for university housing, and a tutor at the writing center. She came from Stansbury Park to pursue her degree while enjoying the outdoor activities and warm