Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Homecoming in My Hometown

Some of our classmates at the 2009 Homecoming game ... yes, our 20 year reunion!
My hometown will celebrate it's homecoming football game this weekend.  I won't be able to be there for it, but many will flock to the stadium to cheer on the Sanger Indians.  My nephew, age 9, will be a part of the festivities this year as a young football player.  Too cute!  I was able to go last year, our 20 Year reunion year (!!) and had a fabulous time catching up with old friends.

Homecoming was always a super-fun week in small town Texas high school.  A week of crazy dress days, pep rallies, and displays of school spirit!  Since football reigns supreme, this was a huge event in my little hometown.  I loved it all every year ... and reminiscing about it brings back a flood of fun memories for me.

The traditional bonfire pep rally was held the night before the big game ...
and was always guarded carefully lest past students set in on fire early!
The pep rally at the end of the school day was always a ton of fun.  Here, seniors attempt a pyramid of some sort.
Not only was there a homecoming parade on Game Day, the newspaper was filled with photos the week before and after the game!
Enormous, big-as-your-head mums are a staple for small town Texas girls!
Our senior year, the homecoming night sky fell purple and gold ... our school colors.

Homecoming is an annual tradition in the United States. People, towns, high schools and colleges come together, usually in late September or early October, to welcome back former residents and alumni.  It is built around a central event, most often, a game of football.  When celebrated by schools, the activities vary widely. However, they usually consist of a football game played on the school's home football field, activities for students and alumni, a parade featuring the school's marching band and sports teams, and the coronation of a Homecoming Queen and at many schools, a Homecoming King.  ~ Wikipedia

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