Skies clear for parade |

Skies clear for parade

Moffat County adds its own flavor to homecoming tradition

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County High School band makes its way down Yampa Avenue on Friday.

— Only in a county that calls itself “The Real West” does homecoming royalty get to ride in the back of a truck.

“Ours even has hay,” said Moffat County High School senior attendant Dani Kawcak before she and Sam Leonard took off down the parade in the back of a truck.

About 40 entries lined up for the 2008 homecoming parade on Friday. The entries included boats, bikes, horses, classic cars, firetrucks and lots of blue and white. This year’s homecoming theme was the “Bulldog Olympics,” and several of the floats were decorated with Olympic rings to go with that theme.

The freshman class won the best class float by default. Freshmen Joseph Romero, Jade King and Kirstie McPherson rode on the float with Olympic medals around their necks. McPherson said she and about 10 other freshmen put in a couple hours of work to get the float together.

“It’s unfortunate that we only had one class participate,” MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said. “It’s something we will definitely emphasize and work hard on next year.”

The cross country team had a float, but the athletes didn’t claim credit for the hard work.

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“Our parents did it,” said Kye Adams. “All we did was sign our names.”

It might not have mattered how many floats there were if the rain that was coming down less than 30 minutes before the parade didn’t cease, but fortunately for all participants, the sun came out just before parade time.

The high school band gets to march in only two parades all year. Director John Bolton joked that as the rain came down, the band tried some anti-rain voodoo on the bus.

“Fifteen minutes ago, we were ready to cancel our marching,” he said. “Cold and snow aren’t that big of a deal, but a downpour can ruin our woodwinds.”

Homecoming is an important week for the band, because members get to march and do a field show at halftime of the football game. Both are performances they put lots of time into, but they get to do it only once or twice a year.

“They’ve been working really hard,” said Bolton, who had his band practicing its field routine before school started in August. “We’re going to play some Earth, Wind and Fire.”