Hope College will host its 85th annual Nykerk Cup competition on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

The event will feature will feature more than 200 members of the freshman and sophomore classes competing in song, plays and oration. The participating classes this year are the freshman Class of 2023 and the sophomore Class of 2022, who are being coached by the junior Class of 2021 and the senior Class of 2020 respectively.

The competition, first held on March 16, 1936, is named in honor of the originator of the program, John Nykerk, a professor, college dean and founder of the Hope College Department of Music.

Tickets for the Nykerk Cup competition are $7, and will be available while supplies last on Monday-Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890.  Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Audience members who need assistance to fully enjoy any event at Hope are encouraged to contact the college's Events and Conferences Office by emailing events@hope.edu or calling 616-395-7222 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.