Homecoming: A time for coming together

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Crisp, clear skies, cool October mornings and Friday-night lights make for some of the best days in Craig. The week of Oct. 6 marked the beginning of Homecoming Week at Moffat County High School. All Moffat County fall sports teams, fans and community came together to celebrate our Bulldog pride.

Moffat County High School Homecoming is a tradition that brings the community, schools and alumni together. At 2 p.m. today, for a brief moment in time, presidential politics and the state of the economy will take a backseat to our community celebration we call homecoming. Craig businesses, parents and students will stop what they are doing to line the streets of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way for our traditional homecoming parade.

Homecoming is a time for celebrating school spirit with friends, but also an opportunity to bring school and community together and take pride in the fact that we are the Bulldogs from Craig. Whether it is the Thursday night bonfire, a raucous pep rally or one of many sporting events, people will come together to support our kids.

Those of you who have been around for a while may remember a variety of class competitions, dress-up days and float building. Most of these activities still occur today. Old-timers and alumni may remember snake dances around town or down Finley Lane. Before the new all-weather track was built at our new high school, the class floats paraded around the track in front of packed bleachers as the winners of the float competition were announced.

Current tradition stakes out the Finley Lane median with individual player signs from each fall sports team, and large bulldog paw prints painted on the street indicating that you are now entering Bulldog Country.

Within the past decade, John Elko has provided an unbelievable halftime fireworks show, followed by the auctioning off of the homecoming game football and introduction of royalty. Both have been traditions for as long as I can remember.

School spirit ebbs and flows through the years. New traditions are born and old ones fade away, but celebration of our school and community spirit is always at the core.

To me, the essence of homecoming is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the traditions of our school and community. Take a break from our fast-paced world and join us in any or all of these homecoming activities. Wear your blue and white with pride. Enjoy the week. Get involved. Have some fun!

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