Marshall to host Thundering Herd community kick-off event

Marshall University and Kindred Communications will host a community event to kick off the school year and fall sports Friday, Aug. 22, at Pullman Square in downtown Huntington. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. with a fashion show, music, activities and Thundering Herd athletes.

The first hour will include music from the popular local radio station Hits 97.9 and a Green Fridays Fashion Show featuring some of Marshall’s licensed gear. The show will give fans the opportunity to view some of the new fall apparel available at various local retail locations.

“Marshall University employees, students and fans everywhere are encouraged to participate in Green Fridays throughout the season,” Mallory Jarrell, Marshall University marketing and branding coordinator, said. “This will be a sample of some of the items fans could wear each Friday to show their Thundering Herd pride.”

Sponsored by the Marshall University Campus Activity Board, the second hour will feature music by vocal ensemble Six Appeal. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band Six Appeal takes listeners on a journey that spans decades of music, performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – all sung a cappella.

The final hour will feature Marshall University’s fall sports teams, cheerleaders, dance team, the Marching Thunder and everyone’s favorite bison, Marco. Fans can stop by to meet the athletes, get autographs and hear from Herd Football coach Doc Holliday.

Throughout the evening, guests can get photos with Marco and participate in various activities. Those with a Marshall student ID, Big Green card or proof of being a season ticket holder are encouraged to take advantage of discounts at the Marshall Hall of Fame Café, Roosters and Cold Stone Creamery during the event.

Here is a brief look at the schedule for Friday’s kick-off event at Pullman square:

  • 6 p.m. – Music by Hits 97.9
  • 6:30 p.m. – Green Fridays Fashion Show
  • 7 p.m. – Six Appeal performs
  • 8 p.m. – Marshall athletics pep rally