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It's WCHS homecoming week
Parade, pep rally to precede game Friday
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Warren County High School's homecoming activities will be in full swing this week, culminating with a parade, pep rally and homecoming game Friday. WCHS has announced its 2022 Homecoming Court. Representing the senior class in the front row, from left, are Jax King, Alyssa Mosley, Beckham Scott, Bailey Jones, Caitlyne Hutton, Sawyer Seymour, Abbigale Judkins and Nate Elrod. Second row juniors, from left, are Nate Williamson, Camdyn Porter, Katie Carter and Thomas Burks. Third row sophomores, from left, are Kaiden Heathcock, Emily Cantrell, Stormie Pezzimenti and Collin Pedigo. The freshman in the back row, from left, are Luke Saldana, Channing Cummins, Presley Bonner and Leolon Arnold. - photo by Bethany Porter

Warren County High School’s homecoming parade is slated for Friday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a Pioneer pep rally. 

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a written request from WCHS executive principal Chris Hobbs for the parade details, as well as an in-person request from the Main Street McMinnville organization for a pep rally. 

“We are seeking approval for Warren County High School’s 2022 homecoming parade route on Sept. 30,” Hobbs stated. “We are requesting closing West Colville Street from 12:15 to the end of the parade.”

At 1:30 p.m., the parade will begin at Tire Mart and run the length of Main Street. It will end at the Farmers Market.

“I will be working closely with Chief Nichole Mosley, Mike Lane and the McMinnville Police Department on the details of the parade once this proposed route has been approved,” added Hobbs. 

Main Street is traditionally only closed as the parade passes. 

A Pioneer pep rally is proposed following this year’s parade. For that, a closure of 1 to 3 p.m. was requested.

Pep rally information was presented to the board by Main Street McMinnville board president Raven Young and Main Street McMinnville president Jennifer Flatt Meredith. 

“At 2 o’clock, we would like to have a pep rally to continue to build community pride and to support our downtown businesses,” said Meredith. “With all the people that already come downtown for the homecoming parade, to continue that with a pep rally on the city lot.” 

Young added, “In the application we did request street closure for South Court Square starting earlier that morning, but not to close Main Street until the parade starts.”

Meredith urged the need for pedestrian safety due to the number of people expected to be in Court Square for the parade and subsequent pep rally. 

“What’s the total length of time that Main Street would be closed?” asked Mayor Ryle Chastain.

Meredith replied, “From 1 to 3.” 

“What about South Court Square?” inquired Alderman Steve Harvey. 

Young replied, “I think that starts at 10 that morning until 3 p.m. The pep rally would end at 3.”

Young stated the hope is that individuals will visit the parade, enjoy the pep rally and then visit a downtown restaurant or go shopping. 

“I know this can be a hot-button topic,” said Chastain. “Have you gotten any pushback from any of the downtown business owners?”

Young relayed that one business owner requested additional information regarding parking and one business owner was against the road closure altogether. 

The parade is a mainstay of homecoming activities. Along with allowing Pioneer fans a chance to urge the team to victory, it provides classes a chance to have good-spirited fun by constructing floats to be judged during the procession. The pep rally is new to Main Street.