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Homecoming Season Is Here

September 20, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

As the calendar pages begin to fall like the leaves from the trees, the High School Homecomig season is at hand in our county schools.

West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate students are in the thick of their Homecoming activities this week, as they will crown their royalty this Friday afternoon and then host the Mavericks of Clay Central-Everly on Friday night for the annual Homecoming Football game.

The following week of Sept. 25-29 is Emmetsburg's turn to celebrate Homecoming. The tradition of Powderpuff Football on Wednesday night, Sept. 27 is sure to draw a crowd, not only of parents, but of school classmates to watch the junior and senior girls take their turn on the gridiron. The Homecoming coronation for the E-Hawk Nation will take place on Thursday night, Sept. 28, and then the E-Hawks will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 29 with the parade and pep rally downtown in the afternoon and the Homecoming Football game that evening at Duane Twait Field against the Knights of Unity Christian of Orange City.

The first week in October is when Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire will celebrate their Homecoming festivities. Coronation for both schools will be held jointly on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Graettinger-Terril gym. A parade and pep rally will follow on Thursday in Graettinger, and then on Friday, Oct. 6, a parade and pep rally will take place in Ruthven and the Homecoming Football game with the Mavericks of Clay Central-Everly will be played in Ruthven.

The Homecoming season elicits memories of my high school years, as I'm sure it does for many of you. The entire week of Homecoming back in my day was filled with activities that included float building during the evenings, volleyball games, and of course the coronation, parade, pep rally and the Homecoming game.

But perhaps the best memory came from my senior year, when our FFA?chapter sponsored an outhouse smash as part of the Pep Rally and bonfire event.

Prior to the evening of the "Smash", a committee of FFA members went out and "obtained" five outhouses. Since the Statute of Limitations has expired over 40 years, I can now say that the abundance of outhouses around properties near Lost Island Lake might have played a role in this event.

Once the outhouses were acquired, they were brought to the school and arranged them in a large circle on the school playground. Five teams - one per class and one of faculty members, drew numbers from a hat for their outhouse. Each team had five members - two smashers, a stuffer and two hole holders.

A 4x4-foot square piece of plywood, with a hole in the center of the wood, was held by the holders. The two smashers used sledge hammers, crowbars or their bare hands to smash the outhouse into pieces that the stuffer could stuff through the hole. First team to dismantle the outhouse and stuff it through the hole won. The stuffage, for lack of a better word, was the fuel for the bonfire.

The event was a hit with all involved - participants and spectators. It was discovered that dry rotted wood was not a benefit in the smashing, but that was far overshadowed by the fun of the evening.

Even today, as it was then, Homecoming is about coming together to have fun and enjoy the friendships of our school years. No matter your alma mater, make plans to enjoy your local school's Homecoming activities.



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