Homecoming parades, games set

Members of the Ferris State University band ride on a trailer during last year’s FSU homecoming parade. This year, multiple homecoming parades and games are scheduled through Friday, Oct. 5. (Pioneer file photo)

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Floats full of students will soon make their way down main streets throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties as homecoming is set for the next few weeks.

Parades will start the annual festivities and will be followed by football games, during which homecoming royalty will be crowned.

Big Rapids Public Schools (BRPS) will kickoff the events with homecoming this Friday, Sept. 21, and will be followed by Chippewa Hills School District (CHSD), Evart Public Schools (EPS), Reed City Area Public Schools (RCAPS), Ferris State University (FSU), Crossroads Charter Academy (CCA) and Morley Stanwood Community Schools (MSCS).

Leading up to Friday, BRPS students can show their school spirit with various dress-up days. Today, Tuesday, Sept. 18, Brookside Elementary students are encouraged to dress their best, and youngsters at Riverview can wear clothes supporting their favorite sports team. In the middle and high schools, students will celebrate Tie Dye Day. Wednesday throughout the district is Wacky (Mix-Match) Day.

On Thursday, Brookside youth will have Movie and PJ Day and Riverview students can wear a hat to school. Thursday is Throwback Day in the middle and high schools. BRPS students are encouraged to come to school dressed in their cardinal-wear, red and blue, for Spirit Day on Friday.

The BRPS parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, in Big Rapids, and will be followed at 7 p.m. with the Cardinals facing off against the Montabella High School Mustangs.

Homecoming events in the area also include:

• CHSD — The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Barryton, and the game against Central Montcalm High School will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

• EPS — Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, in Evart, the annual homecoming parade will weave through town. The night will come to a close with the football game against Beal City High School beginning at 7 p.m.

• RCAPS — The parade is set to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28,  and will march through Reed City, with the game against Big Rapids High School to follow at 7 p.m.

• FSU — Families can follow the FSU parade, which will begin at noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Big Rapids, to Top Taggart Field, where the annual football game is set to begin at 3 p.m. The FSU Bulldogs will face off against the Ashland University Eagles.

• CCA — The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in Big Rapids, and will come to a close before CCA’s football team battles Baldwin High School during the homecoming game, set to start at 7 p.m.

• MSCS — The annual football game will begin at 7 p.m., during which the Morley Stanwood team will face off against Hesperia High School.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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