Ready your mums — it’s homecoming season yet again in Weatherford.
Weatherford High School’s student council and student body are welcoming the community to celebrate homecoming this week. The homecoming parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ninth Grade Center. The homecoming football game — Weatherford Kangaroos vs. Fort Worth Southwest Raiders — starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kangaroo Stadium.
The parade is circus-themed this year. Each year, the student council comes up with ideas for a theme and picks one with their sponsors.
The deadline for participants to sign up to enter a float, car or horse and rider into the parade is on Wednesday. Assistant Principal Stephanie Britton said as of Friday, there were twice as many entries so far as there were this time last year.
“The community is actually getting signed up faster than they were last year,” Britton said. “Last year, we had a lot of last-minute sign ups, so the communication out there is a lot better.”
Entering a float pulled by a truck in the parade costs $30. Vehicles in the parade cost $15 and $10 per horse and rider.
The proceeds of parade registration goes back to student council to be spent on various purposes, such as their retreat to plan the calendar for the year, Student Council Secretary Taizley Perez said.
The money raised also allows student council to give back to WHS by donating items such as new flags or benches, Britton said. The student council also has the chance to donate to organizations with the money.
Student council is doing a parade float this year, and the officers are planning to dress up as various circus characters. Students are in the process of getting the float ready, and they will be decorating the school as well.
Planning for homecoming started at the end of April, Perez said.
The student council is in charge of decorations and making posters. The students are also planning to set up games, like ring toss and cornhole, at the homecoming game for children to play.
The homecoming schedule also includes the Ex-Student Association Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday in the North Side Baptist Church high school room. Joe Bertram Frantz, Class of 1934, Jon Vandagriff, Class of 1953, and Lynda Kay Hare Scribante, Class of 1958, will be recognized as distinguished alumni award recipients. Retired teacher Gary Beck is receiving the Distinguished Service Award.
The WHS Hall of Fame Induction takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the WHS Durant Auditorium and will honor Rachel Welch McCune, Class of 1996, Nick Gray, Class of 1998, Summer Beesley Tarver, Class of 2001, and the 1999 Regional Football Champions Team.
The student council is hoping that the community has a memorable time during homecoming.
“Our theme this year [for student council] is a year to make memories, so we just want everything to be really a lot of fun,” Perez said.
To register for a spot in the parade, visit https://tinyurl.com/y32m6bh8.