Angg Morgan, from left, Connie Le and Ashley Raymond look out as people show up to help work on the freshman float for the 2007 Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade. This year's homecoming event begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Organizers are accepting applications for parade entries.

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Angg Morgan, from left, Connie Le and Ashley Raymond look out as people show up to help work on the freshman float for the 2007 Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade. This year's homecoming event begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Organizers are accepting applications for parade entries.

Homecoming organizers accepting parade entries

Decorated float applications due Oct. 7; entry costs $30

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2008 Homecoming schedule

Moffat County High School

Monday, Oct. 6:

• Boys golf game at Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Colorado Highway 394 (Time TBA)

• 4 p.m. Freshman football game at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

Tuesday, Oct. 7

• 4 p.m. Boys varsity soccer game at Loudy-Simpson Park

• 6 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball game at MCHS

• Boys golf game at Yampa Valley Golf Course (Time TBA)

Thursday, Oct. 9

• 10 to 10:30 a.m. Homecoming royalty coronation at the MCHS auditorium

• 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bonfire at MCHS. Wood pallets only will be used. Dumping will be prohibited.

Friday, Oct. 10

• 2 p.m.: MCHS Homecoming Parade starts at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. Parade route will continue south on Yampa Avenue and turn west on Victory Way to the parking lot of Safeway Food and Drug, 1295 Victory Way.

• 7 p.m. Homecoming Varsity football game at MCHS

Saturday, Oct. 11

• Varsity girls volleyball quad game at MCHS (Time TBA)

• 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Homecoming dance at MCHS. The dance is open to MCHS students. Guests must complete a form and receive approval by Oct. 9.

Parade information

MCHS 2008 Homecoming

• Community members are welcome to attend the parade and enter floats in the event.

• Float applications are available at the high school's second-floor office.

• Applications are due by Oct. 7, and entry costs $30 per entry.

• Floats should follow this year's Homecoming theme, "Bulldog Olympics."

• It is a violation of Craig city ordinance to throw candy during the parade.

• For more information, call Heather Sweet at 826-6589 or DeLaine Brown at 826-6555.

The Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade of 1989 was going according to plan.

Then, something out of the ordinary happened.

The senior class had decided to dress like bandits for the annual event. As their float moved down Yampa Avenue, they decided to play the part to the fullest and stage a robbery as they passed a bank.

At least, that's what it looked like.

The senior class had set up a mock hold-up with bank employees beforehand, said Jo Ann Baxter, a now-retired teacher who witnessed the event.

On Wednesday, almost 20 years later, Baxter laughed when she remembered the antics of the students, one of whom had been her son.

Homecoming parades were a popular tradition during Baxter's 28-year tenure.

And, it wasn't only students who relished the event.

"The community just look forward to it so much," Baxter said.

Every year, Craig residents turn out with high school students to watch and, sometimes, participate in the annual parade.

"It's just a community tradition as much as it is a high school tradition," she said.

MCHS students and staff are looking to continue the ritual this year.

Organizers of the 2008 MCHS Homecoming Parade are now accepting float entries.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The route will proceed south on Yampa Avenue before turning west on Victory Way and eventually ending at Safeway Food and Drug, 1295 Victory Way.

Per Craig city ordinance, throwing candy from floats will be prohibited.

Float entry applications are available at the second-floor office at MCHS. Applications are due by Oct. 7 and entry costs $30 per float.

Other activities are scheduled throughout the week, including the Homecoming varsity football game at 7 p.m. Friday and a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

For more information about the parade or other Homecoming events, call Heather Sweet at 826-6589 or DeLaine Brown at 826-6555.

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