MAHOMET — The fall football season is about to start, and the annual Dawgapalooza fundraiser to support all Mahomet-Seymour athletic and music programs is Friday, Aug. 30, prior to the Bulldogs’ season opener at home against Marion at Mahomet-Seymour High School.
“Dawgapalooza is a large tailgate type of event,” said committee member Max McComb. “It’s kind of an opportunity just to kind of kick off all sports at the school, and the music program — the music boosters are very involved in this, have been from the beginning — so it’s kind of a chance to really kick off all of our start-of-the-year extracurriculars.”
The street party-like atmosphere includes inflatables for children, live music on stage, face painting, food vendors and Bulldogs gear available for sale from groups such as the Mahomet-Seymour PTO. This year, business vendors may be added to the mix, too.
“It’s always a fun time,” McComb said.
Dawgapalooza starts at 4:30 and goes to 7:15 p.m.
“The marching band puts on a performance and pep rally at the end,” McComb said, noting that M-S cheerleaders participate as well.
McComb said Dawgapalooza has raised more than $75,000 over the last 16 years to support all M-S athletic and music programs. The goal this year is between $5,000 and $8,000, depending on the weather and turnout, he added.
“It started out just as a way to get everybody together in the fall and get people behind all the programs our teams participate in, but along the way (it’s expanded),” McComb explained. “The music boosters and the athletic boosters co-sponsor it. We do make money (for school programs) — that’s not the primary objective.
“For a one-time, three-hour event, it’s a lot of work but we make some decent money those three or four hours,” he added. “Up until River Fest (the Mahomet Music Festival) becoming big, it was probably the biggest event in town. And it still is the largest school event.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” McComb said. “It ties everybody together.”