Sophomore Brady Martinez, foreground, and senior Karissa Maneotis work together to hang a sign on the front of the FFA Homecoming float Wednesday in the agriculture shop at Moffat County High School. The Homecoming parade will begin at 2 p.m. today.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Sophomore Brady Martinez, foreground, and senior Karissa Maneotis work together to hang a sign on the front of the FFA Homecoming float Wednesday in the agriculture shop at Moffat County High School. The Homecoming parade will begin at 2 p.m. today.

Marching on Victory

More than 30 local groups to participate in MCHS Homecoming parade

If you go

What: 2010 Moffat County High School Homecoming parade

When: 2 p.m. today; line-up begins at 1 p.m.

Where: The parade route goes from Craig City Park to Safeway along Victory Way

At 2 p.m. today, more than 30 local groups will depart Craig City Park in cars and on foot or flatbed.

These groups, which include Craig Fire/Rescue, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, Craig Chamber of Commerce and more, will flow west along Victory Way as part of the 2010 Moffat County High School Homecoming parade.

“The theme of this year’s Homecoming is (Bulldog) luau,” said Delaine Brown, MCHS registrar, student council advisor and — at least for today — parade director.

“We’ll start organizing at 1 (p.m.). We really try to get the parade started at 2 (p.m.) sharp.”

Brown said she’s been collecting applications and fees for the parade for several weeks. The cost for a group to enter the parade is $30 for businesses and $25 for student groups.

The money goes to MCHS Student Council.

“It’s a pretty good deal,” Brown said.

One of the student groups in this year’s parade is FFA.

Koy Bohrer, an MCHS junior and FFA member, said the group has been decorating a flatbed truck since Wednesday night.

The original design included arranging hay bales atop a flatbed and spray-painting them green.

“The plan of it was to make it into a John Deere (tractor),” Bohrer said.

However, FFA member Jessica Wiseman said the group has built a tractor from hay bales, but won’t spray-paint them due to costs.

Wiseman said there’s a silver lining to scrapping the original plan.

“That way we can re-use the bales,” Wiseman said.

The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are entering a luau-themed float, said Shannon Russell, a chairwoman of the group.

“We are building a volcano,” Russell said of the float. “And we’ll also have the Bulldog (mascot) as the Big Kahuna.”

Russell said the 15-member group will use “newspaper end rolls, cardboard, PVC pipes, some crepe paper, and a Bulldog costume from the high school.”

“We’re pretty crafty.”

Another group in today’s parade is the MCHS marching band.

Band director John Bolton said his students will perform “That’s the Way I Like It,” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

The marching band will play the number repeatedly throughout the parade.

“It’s pretty brutal on the kids,” Bolton said.

However, Bolton said the appeal of a parade is deep-rooted in modern culture. He said he also likes parades for personal reasons.

“It’s kind of a show-off time for the band,” the director said. “It lets the community know that, yeah, we’re working on stuff.”

Craig city officials said they plan to shut down portions of Victory Way “as needed” to accommodate the parade as it moves westward.

Brown asked that parade participants approach City Park from the north to prevent traffic congestion on Victory Way during preparations.

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