Homecoming week begins

Oak Creek kicks off events with parade

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On Friday afternoon, Oak Creek's Main Street will close to make room for a line of students and residents marching in Soroco High School's Homecoming Spirit Parade.

It's the first time in 10 years that the school has held a parade, Principal James Chamberlin said.

The parade was just one of the many activities that South Routt residents can participate in to celebrate homecoming, he said.

"The whole idea of homecoming is for alumni and community members to get involved with the school and support the athletic teams," Chamberlin said. "It's a big deal in South Routt in a small school district."

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will stretch from Bonfiglio's Drug Store up the hill to the high school. At the parade's end, participants and parade-watchers can stay for the varsity girls volleyball match.

Today, the volleyball team will take on Plateau Valley at 11:30 a.m., followed by a varsity football game at 1:30 p.m.

During halftime of the football game, homecoming royalty will be announced, and the winner of the 11's Club raffle also will be announced.

The 11's Club, which promotes positive school climate and culture at Soroco and involves about one-third of the students, is trying to raise $500 by raffling off a donated 1988 Ford Tempo with 105,000 miles, Chamberlin said.

"For a buck, you can win a car," he said.

Once the club raises $500, it will receive a $10,000 Epycs grant.

Other events throughout the week include a powder puff football game, in which girls play football, and the power volleyball game, in which boys play volleyball.

There also is the chili cook-off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, in which participants can taste dozens of homemade chili dishes and vote on which is the best. Last year, the cook-off attracted more than 50 entries, Chamberlin said.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the events, he said.

"It's a big deal to come out and support the teams and to connect and re-connect with the community," he said. "It really is a community event."

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