By Colleen Lehmann
Fall weather appears to be in full bloom, and so are plans for Tuscola High School Homecoming 2014 and related alumni events. Keep up with what’s going on so you don’t miss a single event.
TCHS Student Council members have been busy organizing activities for the week leading up to the Oct. 3 football game against Clinton and the dance the following evening. Sponsor Rob Boyd noted the following schedule has been planned.
Saturday, Sept. 27 is float building day for all classes, and two nights later the community is invited to Pack the House Night for the girls volleyball game on Monday, Sept. 29 starting at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Sept. 30 the movie “Wreck It Ralph” will be shown for Family Film Night. Come to the TCHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m., and don’t forget to bring along a lawn chair, or blanket and pillow to get comfortable while you watch. This event is for all ages, and please be aware young ones cannot be left unattended.
Powder Puff football will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, the first matchup between freshmen and sophomores starting at 6:30 p.m. Juniors and seniors will face off immediately afterwards. On Friday, Oct. 3 the Homecoming parade will begin at 2:45 p.m. (lineup at 2:15 p.m.), with a pep rally to follow at the TCHS football field. The parade will begin a Ervin Park, go south down Main Street, east on Daggy, and continue south on Prairie Street around to the back circle drive. If you would like to be a part of the parade, entry forms are available at the TCHS office, and must be turned in by Monday, Sept. 29.
That evening the Tuscola Warriors take on the Clinton Maroons at 7 p.m., with the Class of 1964 being recognized before the game and Homecoming court introduced at halftime. The following evening is the dance, with coronation taking place Saturday night at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and a $3 admission fee will be charged.
While that takes care of the high school crowd, alumni also remain a focus of the weekend, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Tuscola Alumni Association. Following Friday afternoon’s pep rally, there will be tours of TCHS given, as well as an alumni reception in the high school library. Special guests of honor will be the Class of 1964. This takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3. After watching the Warriors and Maroons battle on the football field that Friday night, an All TCHS Homecoming reunion will be held at the Community Building, beginning at 9 p.m., though doors open at 8 p.m. If you are age 21 or over and have a tie to Tuscola, come on by to see old friends, watch videos from past TCHS events, and enjoy music, drinks (cash bar) and snacks. Door prizes will be given away and a 50/50 raffle held. Proceeds go to the Alumni Association for scholarships and Hall of Fame activities.
On Saturday, Oct. 4 the annual 5K run/walk takes to the streets of Tuscola at 8 a.m., kicking off at the Community Building. This year a kids color run has been added, which will be held immediately afterwards. Fuel up for the race (or just because you’re hungry) at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast also at the Community Building from 7 to 10 a.m.
One of the highlights of Homecoming weekend has become the TCHS Hall of Fame induction luncheon, and the 2014 event is slated for that Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Douglas County Museum. This year’s honored alums will be Morrie Reece (Class of 1962), Rick Mooday (Class of 1981), and Greg Skuta (Class of 1974). Reservations are due by Sept. 22 and can be made by calling the TCHS office (217-253-2377). Attire is dressy for this popular event.