Homecoming week starts Monday■ New, longer parade route to pass by four schools
Monday begins the most festive week in the Fairfield Community School District: homecoming.
The week is full of fun activities such as dress up days, building floats, a pep rally, bonfire, parade, dance, contests, and of course, a home football game. This year, the Trojan football team will host the Bloodhounds of Fort Madison, so the theme is “Pound the Hounds.”
In an effort to get the community more involved, the district encourages businesses to show their school spirit by dressing up for each day of homecoming week.
Businesses can send photos of their employees dressed up to Lisa Myers at email@example.com, Cory Klehm at firstname.lastname@example.org and Heidi Grunwald at email@example.com.
Following is a list of events at the high school:
Monday, Oct. 3
The dress up theme for Monday will be “pajama day,” so there’s no need for students to change when they wake up in the morning. All they need to do is brush their teeth, comb their hair and strap on their backpack.
A school assembly at 1 p.m. will announce the members of the homecoming court. Students will then vote for who they wish to be their king and queen. Float construction will last until 9:30 p.m.
This will mark the second year in a row Fairfield’s homecoming has featured both a king and queen. For many years, the school elected only a homecoming queen, and later in the year elected a “Mr. Sweetheart.”
Tuesday, Oct. 4
Students and staff are encouraged to dress in vibrant and colorful outfits for “tacky tourist day.” A men’s powder puff volleyball game will be played in the afternoon. Float construction will last until 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
Visitors to the high school might want to avert their gaze as students and staff are asked to wear mixed colors, prints, textures and lengths as part of “mismatch day.” Float construction will last until 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 6
The dress up theme changes from mismatching to matching on Thursday for “dynamic duo day.” Participants will dress like a pair of people or a pair of things.
The festivities pick up steam Thursday with the 6:30 p.m. pep rally at Trojan Stadium. The rally will include a performance by the high school cheerleading squad, powder puff football game and the crowning of the king and queen at 8 p.m. Molly Ryan, last year’s homecoming queen, will pass the torch to a new royal couple, assisted by high school principal Brian Stone.
A torch to light the bonfire will first be carried around the stadium by members of the football team, who are Cameron Baumann, Denver Schultz, Michael Fritz and Brandon Smithburg. After the torch run, students will gather around the bonfire on the southeast corner of Trojan Stadium to hear Coach Steve Miller give a pep talk.
Friday, Oct. 7
Per custom, Friday will be “orange and black spirit day.” Students will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. parade.
In keeping with the spirit of “One Fairfield,” the parade will start at the high school and pass by three other schools before ending in Central Park. It will pass by Washington Elementary School, the middle school and Pence Elementary School. Students from Libertyville Elementary School will be bussed to Washington school to watch the parade.
At the conclusion of the parade around 2:30 p.m., cheerleaders will perform a routine in Central Park followed by the school fight song. Winners will be announced for the candy contest, baby picture contest and float contest. FHS English teacher Fred Hucke will introduce the king and queen, and FHS band director Jim Edgeton will give a pep talk.
The student council will decorate the FHS commons until 5:30 p.m. in preparation for that night’s dance. Fort Madison does not have a freshmen football team so there will be no freshman game, only the varsity game at 7 p.m. (30 minutes earlier than normal). The dance in the commons will last from 9 p.m. to midnight with Purple Star Entertainment as the disc jockey.
Those who wish to order a homecoming T-shirt can do so at http://fairfieldlineinc.com/