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Of Florida Homecoming Queen, 1957
Jana Vickers, University of Florida Homecoming Queen for 1957, waves to the crowds at the intersection of University Avenue and Main Street. Sixty thousand people came to Gainesville to watch the Gators battle Mississippi State on that October weekend. The first UF homecoming celebration was held in 1906, a small get-together of several hundred alumni of East Florida Seminary (which had been absorbed into the newly established University of Florida in 1905-1906). The first mention of a "Homecoming Day" was in 1923 when Gainesville Mayor H. L. Phifer extended a welcome to UF alumni with the words "I can conceive of no grander feeling than must come over those who are here for the 'Homecoming Day' than to again tread the sod of the University campus..." More than 3,000 seats were available at Fleming Field, the first site of Florida's grid encounters just north of the present stadium. The entire student body, 1,500 strong, came on the field in formation and formed a human "F" on the gridiron before taking their seats in the east stands to watch the Gators whip Mercer, 19-8. The first student-run homecoming was held in 1924, and the group effort was such a success that a permanent service organization, Florida Blue Key, was created.
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