The November 18, 1926 issue of The Easterner reported the success of the first annual homecoming. Friday evening activities included a bonfire, pep session and snake dance led by the band through downtown Muncie. On Saturday the students, alumni and faculty marched together to the game. Student organizations sponsored luncheons and dinners for alumni members and an "all-college frolic" with dancing, entertainment and refreshments closed the day. President Burris declared "Home-coming was a great success in every respect. There was unusual interest and enthusiasm throughout and we could not have asked for more." Many of the activities, such as the bonfire, pep session, alumni luncheons and snake dance were held year after year. Later homecoming events included the freshman vs. the sophomore games, a theater rush, and student produced talent shows and plays. Local merchants decorated their businesses and students decorated the dormitories and fraternity houses.
Many activities, including homecoming and athletics, were limited or suspended altogether during World War II. The 1947 homecoming was the first to be held on a pre-war scale featuring a parade with 18 floats, homecoming queen contest, theater rush, bonfire, freshman-sophomore contest, and a "gala" homecoming dance.
Ball State Teachers College Homecoming Float, 1955.