It's homecoming week at BYU and Cougar faithful will celebrate with fun events like the 5k Cougar Run and BYU Spectacular.
However, some homecoming events of the past are no longer part of the weeklong celebration. As time has gone by, certain traditions or events were not discontinued. Here are a few events that are no longer part of the university's celebration
BYU's Homecoming Parade
In August, the university announced that it would retire its decades-old homecoming parade.
According to historic Daily Herald editions, the parade began in 1920 and at the time it made its way through downtown Provo.
In more recent years, the parade traveled roads around campus.
The parade was retired this year to make way for other campus-centered events like a scavenger hunt.
For more than 50 years, BYU selected a homecoming queen.
However, the pageant was abolished in 1988 after student leaders decided to cancel the pageant because, according to historic Daily Herald editions, it "does not fulfill the desired goals of representing positive values and serving as a role model."
The contest started in 1937 and ran through 1987.
According to Anthony Holt, an event specialist with BYU’s Department of Student Leadership’s activity team, the university used to host a big game of mud football on the Helaman Fields.
However, the field would be so badly destroyed and only so many students could participate, so it transitioned to True Blue Foam Football.
True Blue Foam
For about 20 years, True Blue Foam event has been part of BYU's homecoming festivities, but this year, the university moved it to earlier in the year so that the event could be held in warmer weather.
In the mid-1990s, blue-foam football began. Growing interest sparked a tug-of-war addition, and eventually a slip-and-slide, which became the sole attraction of the event in recent years.
This year, the event was held on Sept. 13 instead of the week of homecoming.
In 1968, BYU hosted Tiger Wrestling and Ostrich Races as events during homecoming week. Neither event continued.
While it may not have had the excitement of wrestling tigers, for several years in the late 1960s, students participated in a Turtle Trot. The event pit turtles against each other in a race. Racing turtles were sponsored by various campus organizations.
Largest Birthday Cake in the World
While BYU still celebrates a birthday bash during homecoming week, it won't look like this.
In 1968 students celebrated BYU homecoming by constructing the "largest cake in the world" It was five feet high, six feet wide, forty feet long, and weighed six tons.
According to BYU, "students baked the 6,000 separate one-layer yellow cakes from packaged cake mixes which were distributed to anyone who wished to bake on of the 'building blocks' for the huge confection.
"Crews bound the cakes together with white icing prepared in large vats, and they were then lifted in sections onto the bed of a mammoth flatbed truck.
"After appearing in the Homecoming parade, the gigantic pastry was distributed to fans at the BYU-Texas at El Paso football game."
Residence Hall Decorations
While some individual students may still decorate for homecoming, for years, a feature of Homecoming was the decorating of campus residence halls.
In 1968 a Heritage Halls building was decorated to resemble a theater with its marquee and publicity panels. The theme for the event that year was "Cast a Cougar Shadow."
Though the show was a forerunner to today's BYU Spectacular, the "Frolics" at BYU was very different than today.
Frolics was a student talent show that ran from 1955 through 1976. It was followed by a concert the following evening. It was originally held in the fieldhouse and called "Fieldhouse Frolics." It was later moved to the Marriott Center and in 1977, was replaced by the BYU Spectacular.